I just learned that NCDOT will be putting in bike lanes on the new 10th St overpass from Evans St. all the way to the...

Greenville men open Tarboro pawn shop

1 of 3

Tarboro Pawn co-owner Karl Dickerson, right, chats with Clarence Givens as he purchases a string trimmer Wednesday at the business in Tarboro.


Rocky Mount Telegram

Monday, October 15, 2018

A couple of Greenville residents have opened a new pawn shop in Tarboro.

Business partners Kevin Gray, 37, and Karl Dickerson, 44, recently started Tarboro Pawn in an 1,800-square-foot building at 2115 St. Andrews St. in front of Dollar General. The men said Greenville has a moratorium that temporary prohibits more pawn shops from locating in the area, which caused them to look elsewhere.

They settled on Tarboro as the place to start their first business venture. The only other pawn shop in town is Quick Cash Pawn on Western Boulevard. 

“We felt Tarboro was a good fit of what we want to do when we started scoping around the area,” Dickerson said. “We feel we can do a good job here.”

Despite their inexperience as small business owners, Gray and Dickerson have experience in the pawn shop industry. Both spent several years working at Village Pawn in Greenville, which has two locations in the area and a third store in Washington. Gray, who has 20 years of experience working in pawn shops, said he helped open and run the Village Pawn in Washington.

Gray also managed Dellinger’s Pawn Brokers for five years in Washington and worked at J&W Pawn Shop in Ayden. Dickerson spent seven years working at Village Pawn. The men said their time at Village Pawn helped them gain valuable knowledge of how to run a successful and sustainable pawn shop.

Gray said Tarboro Pawn wants to continue to change the stigma most pawn shops are tagged with as loan sharks and a place for criminals to sell stolen goods.

“(Village Pawn) is a huge pawn shop and when you walk in there it’s clean and everything is tested,” Gray said. “When you look at their online presence, people love the place. One of the things that impressed me there and when I worked there is the people really worked on changing the public perception of a pawn shop. They’ve done everything to dispel that myth. We’re following a lot of their rules that we hope will allow us to do well here.”

Dickerson said Tarboro Pawn purchased a lot of liquation pallets off the Internet, so the store has a lot of new inventory for sale. The store also sells used merchandise purchased from customers. The products in the store include electronics and it will look at ATVs, dirt bikes or anything else of value that people bring to in, Dickerson said.

Gray said Tarboro Pawn promotes transparent loan processes and the business is all about making sure it gives customers kind and respectful service.

“If you bring something in here and not sure about the value, we’re going to look that item up on multiple channels on Ebay and Amazon and we’re going to show you that information and share that with you,” Gray said. “We’re not trying to get over on anybody. We only want to do a deal that’s good on both parties.”

Tarboro Pawn is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


November 12, 2018


The City of Greenville Inspections Department issued the following permits for Oct. 30-Nov. 5:

■ Langston Farms LLC, 565 Regency Blvd., commercial uplift, $865,000.

■ Groundbreaking Developers LLC, 3912 W. Vancroft Circle, Units 1-9, multifamily townhome, $592,200.…

November 12, 2018

WINTERVILLE — Boneyard Harley recently celebrated its grand opening with a weekend celebration.

Boneyard Harley-Davidson, formerly Hometown Harley-Davidson, is under the new ownership of Jerry Carrillo of Dayton, Ohio and Marc Ingwersen of Findlay, Ohio.

“We wanted to set ourselves…


November 12, 2018

Eagle Transport Corp. recently was honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

“Safe and responsible transportation of chemical and petroleum products are core…


November 12, 2018

Hendon joins team at Gastroenterology East

Gastroenterology East, P.A. and Dr. Jack Cole have announces that Dr. Shane Hendon joined the practice in October.

Hendon’s professional training began with Medical School at University of Pikeville, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kentucky. His…


November 12, 2018

East Carolina University Student Media director John Harvey received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers at the annual College Media Association (CMA) Convention on Oct. 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Harvey was one of four to receive the 2018 award for…

John Harvey and TEC staff at CMA 2018.JPG

November 12, 2018

TODAY: The Pitt Community College Small Business Center is hosting a free seminar from 6-9 p.m. entitled ‘What is an Income Statement?’ Learn how an income statement works, what it contains, and where the numbers come from. Contact Wendy Dunbar at 493-7528 or wdunbar@email.…

November 12, 2018

Millions of small business and home owners currently depend on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to protect their property against flooding, the most costly and common natural disaster in the United States. To continue providing flood insurance after November 30, 2018, Congress must…

November 12, 2018

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) recently awarded six Vidant Health locations with an accreditation underscoring exceptional care in helping diabetes patients control their disease.

“We are delighted to be recognized by AADE in this way,” said Dr. Karen Coward,…

Vidant Health Diabetes Self-Management and Support Program.jpg

November 12, 2018

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Nov. 1-17 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

■ AmbuCare Medical Transport Inc., agent Mary Alice Whitehead, 7187 County Home Road, Ayden.

■ Aqualitate LLC, agent Curtis Bearden, 38 Sir Dillons Lane,…

November 12, 2018

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from Nov. 1-7:

■ Gregory O. Willis to Union Home Mortgage Corp. $169,900

■ Mary Ann O'Malley, Kevin O'Malley to Quicken Loans Inc. $147,811

■ Sandra A. Hickman to Bank of America NA $100,…

210 stories in Workweek. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 21
        Next Page»   Last Page»