The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be relocating its office.
After moving into the historic Rockingham Depot several years ago, chamber officials announced this week that they will be changing venues — this time moving into the Hamlet Historic Depot and Museum, located on Main Street in Hamlet. The Richmond County Tourism Development Authority will remain in the current location and house the visitor center.
According to John Jackson, chairman of the chamber board of directors, this move was prompted by the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority’s need for the entire space at the Rockingham Depot.
“We are very excited about the move to the Historic Hamlet Depot,” said Chamber Director Emily Tucker. “The passenger depot, built in 1900, is still in use today as a passenger depot and museum. The Hamlet Historic Depot & Museum is one of the most photographed train stations in the entire Eastern United States.”
Chamber officials said they wish to thank the City of Hamlet officials for welcoming the Chamber to their downtown area and look forward to a great partnership. The new location will offer larger meeting room facilities for members.
“The City of Hamlet and the Hamlet Passenger Depot welcomes the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce with open arms,” said Hamlet City Manager Marchell Adams-David. “I am excited about the relocation and I envision the Chamber working cooperatively with our Visitors’ Center to highlight the assets of Richmond County and Hamlet.”
Miranda Chavis, Museum manager at the Hamlet Depot and Museum and Downtown coordinator, said she is happy to receive new neighbors.
“I’m thrilled,” said Chavis. “The Chamber will be a great asset to the space. The Chamber is already a great asset and I think that will continue to be the case as they move to Hamlet.”
The current office in Rockingham will remain open until noon on May 30, 2013. The Chamber will reopen in its new offices located inside the Hamlet Depot at 2 Main Street in Hamlet on June 3, 2013. A ribbon cutting and open house will be scheduled sometime in June. Chamber leaders said they look forward to the continued success of the Chamber and the expansion of great relationships throughout the entire community.
The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce formed in 1945 and is the county’s largest business advocacy organization representing approximately 400 businesses, large and small. The mission of the Chamber is to represent and support its members and to strengthen the county’s economy and business environment.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.