Long time upholsterer closes after 40 years
By Caitlin Boland

Roger Harrison is shown with his wife, Patricia. Harrison said his wife helped him with day-to day activities involved with running the store while Harrison did the upholstery work.
Roger Harrison, one of four generations of upholsterers in McDuffie County, has decided to close the doors of Thomson Upholstery and Trim.
After being in business for 40 years, Harrison has decided to retire due to age and a decrease in business.
I want to retire due to age, Harrison said. I am ready to retire. I am 74 years old. Business has been slow and has been for the past 10 years. Unless it is old furniture, its not worth covering. People can just buy new furniture. The U.S. is a throw away economy.
Harrison, who was born in Thomson and raised in McDuffie County and the City of Thomson, began his career in the upholstery business at the age of five or six, growing up in the shop and then working for his father at the age of 16.
As soon as I turned 16, I began making house calls, Harrison said. I did pretty much everything at my dads shop except write the checks and pay the bills. I got a good education in the business.
After graduating from Thomson High in 1963, he went to work for his father full-time. His father passed away in 1976, and Harrison went into business for himself in 1977. He has been in the Cobbham Road location since 1985, after moving from his original location on Augusta Highway.
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