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People take advantage of prices during Hagerstown Hotel & Convention Center liquidation sale

October 12, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Judy Hoffman waits in line to pay for her finds, a crib and a pair of fans, on Thursday morning at the liquidation sale held at the former Hagerstown Hotel & Convention Center.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

Chad Beadle and Jackie Weller of Hagerstown are working to open a pub just outside of Hagerstown and were looking Thursday for materials at the now-closed Hagerstown Hotel & Convention Center on Dual Highway.

“I’m looking for bar stools, plates, cups, booths and chairs,” Weller said. “I think it’s good prices.”

Weller, 52, and Beadle, 40, were taking advantage of the hotel’s liquidation sale, which began Thursday at 10 a.m. Everything in the hotel is being liquidated over the next 30 days in all of the rooms.

Weller said that she would go back again to look for more things.

“I think the way they have it set up, you can just go at your leisure,” she said. “It’s not chaotic.”

Beadle added that the prices are very reasonable, and he might show up the last day of the sale as well to possibly get things cheaper.

“Everything here is going quick,” he said. “People are buying stuff left and right.”

The sale is being conducted by National Content Liquidators, Inc. (NCL). Greg Hall, operating manager of NCL said that the sale consists of literally everything inside the building.

“You’re looking at restaurant tables, chairs, kitchen equipment, guest room furniture, and pretty much anything that has to do with the hotel,” he said. “Everything has to go, even in the rooms.”

NCL is a company based in Springboro, Ohio, that does similar work in hotels and resorts across the continental U.S.

Hall said that NCL set the price on everything and that the liquidation was busy within its first hour.

“People are coming in and buying a lot of things,” he said. “It’s been really good. It seems like a lot of things are going out the door.”

The liquidation, according to an emailed release from NCL, is being done so the hotel can be cleared out to allow the property’s redevelopment. The hotel closed in August and was purchased by DFIN LLC, which at the time did not say what it would do with the property, according to a published report in August.

Hagerstown resident Tracy Luther, 63, looked for little things to buy at the liquidation.

“I just like little trinkets like glasses, we got an ice bucket for my friend’s pool, and I got an iron,” she said. “They’ve got anything you need and want.”

Lori Forti, 51, of Hagerstown, was not so lucky in what she was looking for when she went to the liquidation Thursday.

“I was mainly looking for flat screen TVs for myself,” she said. “I got just some household things like ice buckets and glassware.”

Forti added that she still enjoyed going to the liquidation.

“I might come back, and it was fun to look at different stuff,” she said. “I have a daughter who lives with four other people and they need living room stuff so I’ll bring them back to see if they like that.”

The liquidation is scheduled to last for 30 days or until everything is sold. Hours of the event are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The hotel is located at 1910 Dual Highway in Hagerstown, just off of I-70 at Exit 32.

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