Grand Home Furnishings Keeps Clocks Ticking At Martinsville
Two companies with long and storied histories and deep Virginia roots make sure the most cherished trophy in motorsports continues to land in the homes of NASCAR’s best drivers.
Roanoke-based Grand Home Furnishings has long been the source of the iconic grandfather clock winner’s trophy at Martinsville Speedway. The two companies recently announced the partnership between the two companies will continue for years to come.
“One of the things that I think is so unique about it is that this track has a family history. The Campbell family is still involved,” said Steve Davis, vice president of marketing for Grand Home Furnishings. “Our company, Grand Home Furnishings, is a family business. It’s been in business for 104 years. We have our third-generation running the company now. We always find those kinds of partnerships interesting and enjoyable. “
This marks the 52 year the track has given a grandfather clock to the race winner. Fred Lorenzen took home the first clock in 1964. Since then the clock has found its way into the homes of the sport’s biggest stars. Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are just some of the drivers who have taken home multiple clocks. Most recently Dale Earnhardt Jr. added his name to the list of clock owners, with his win last fall.
“Martinsville Speedway prides itself on its southern Virginia roots. Whenever we can find a partner that shares the same heritage is great not only for us, but the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Grand Home Furnishings is a company based out of Roanoke, just an hour up the road from us. The fact that they remain locally-owned and family-operated makes it even better.”
Grand Home Furnishings is one of the largest furniture store chains in the South. Its growth has spanned 100 years and generations of customers.
Grand Home Furnishings operates 19 mattress and furniture stores throughout Western and Central Virginia, East Tennessee and the eastern part of West Virginia.
Customers visiting Grand for the first time are pleasantly surprised to be given a frosty soft drink when they enter the store. This is Grand's way of saying, “Thanks for visiting our store and make yourself at home.”