Born to a farming family in Churchland, NC, Gordon Green grew up with a strong work ethic. “From the time you’re 5 years old, you’re doing some kind of work.”
Young Gordon and his sister proved the point that some people work harder and faster than others. When they were 7 ad 8 years old, they were hired to help with the priming of tobacco from one of the local farms. They worked so efficiently that the farmer paid them the same rate as the adults.
At age 9, Gordon started his own business selling items like candy, sodas and nabs. At that time, all those items cost him 4 cents per piece, and he could sell them for 10 cents each. By the time he was 10 years old, his dad would drive him to the local finishing company on Sundays where workers would buy from them. One day, Gordon made $15 selling. This was at a time when a head of household might make $20 per week.
One hard lesson that Gordon learned was the time that all the chocolate he brought to sell on a hot summer day ended up melted and ruined. After that, Gordon made a point to consider “seeing the bumps around the curve that might occur.”
After serving in the Army Reserves, he was hired as a salesman by Lowes (which is now Lowes Home Improvement) the summer before he started school at Wake Forest. Maybe because Gordon was paying his own way, he remembers exactly what a semester cost: $500. That included tuition, 10 meals per week and a room.
At age 21, before he owned a car, he had already bought a 3-bedroom house. He rented out two bedrooms and collected $170 per month when his house payment was $100. By the time he was 27 years old, he owned 35 housing units.
In 1967, he formed GLG Corporation and consequently developed land, built houses and sold real estate. He tried his hand at various businesses: manufacturing, groceries and trucking, to name a few. Today, he says modestly, “A lot things didn’t work out.”
But a lot of things did! One business that continues to be successful is Southside Building Center. What started out as a salvage business has expanded to a business that includes not just overruns or seconds but first quality building supplies, carpet, laminate flooring and cabinets.
Gordon loves to tell how SBC saves customers money. One of his friends called him to let him know she’d gotten a quote for redoing her kitchen for $10,000. She wanted to know if the quote sounded reasonable. He invited her to come in and get a second quote with SBC – and they gave her a quote of $5,000. She ended up with a kitchen she loved at half the price.
As Gordon will tell you, Southside Building Center can save you a lot of money on major purchases when you’re ready to build or renovate. Come in and see for yourself.