purvis — One of the most successful retail operations in Mississippi has a new name that reflects how bargain shoppers feel after scoring a special find at a great price. Hudson’s Salvage Inc. is now Hudson’s Treasure Hunt.
The company founded by H.C. Hudson opened its first store in Hattiesburg 65 years ago. In 1991 the company was split in two:
• Hudson’s Salvage Center Inc., owned by Mickey Hudson and his daughter, Melissa Callahan, has stores in Ridgeland, Brandon, Magee, Prentiss, Columbia, Laurel, Waynesboro, Tylertown and Bogalusa, La.
• Hudson’s Salvage Inc., recently renamed to Hudson’s Treasure Hunt, is owned by brothers Billy and Mickey Hudson, and operates stores in Hattiesburg, Petal, Meridian, Lucedale, Picayune, Waveland, Gautier and Gulfport and Mobile, Ala. Hudson’s Treasure Hunt also recently bought three Banks Retail Company stores in Minnesota.
David Lumpkin, marketing director and store supervisor for Hudson’s Treasure Hunt, said they changed the name to give more definition and clarification between the two branches of Hudson’s.
Hudson’s Treasure Hunt has 700 employees, and expects sales of $60 million in 1998. Lumpkin said it is the nation’s largest salvage dealer. He attributes the company’s success to the wide variety of name-brand quality merchandise offered at deep discount prices.
For many years Hudson’s was located in a number of large warehouse buildings in Palmer’s Crossing just south of Hattiesburg. Later the company moved to a nearby site on U.S. 49, and then to its present location in the Cloverleaf Mall — where it played a roll in revitalizing the mall. Hudson’s also opened a store that has been successful in revitalizing an abandoned shopping center in Petal.
“With the locations in Petal and Hattiesburg, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time to grow,” Lumpkin said. “And we had enough merchandise to sustain both Petal and Hattiesburg.”