In 1963, Harold Kemper Sr. began to repair televisions in his small home in Hyden, Kentucky. The next year he rented a small 200 sq. ft. building for $20.00 a month, where he grew his TV repair business for the next two years. In 1966 Mr. Kemper moved to a slightly larger building that offered 600 sq. ft. of space. It was here that he began to introduce furniture into his business. He worked long hours during the days, selling furniture, televisions and appliances.
At night when Mr. Kemper closed the store, he would then deliver the products that he had sold and repaired. This was a true testament to what it took to build a successful company by working long hours and enduring hardships. Mr. Kemper’s hard work and honest reputation paid off in just a few short years. He was able to purchase the property which he was using and was able to build a new store. And over the years there were many new additions at the location to accommodate the growth and the success of the business.
By 1985 Mr. Kemper had all 5 of his children working along-side of him. Together the business saw a tremendous amount of growth. And they were able to expand the company to nearby Hazard Kentucky. The business in Hazard was originally located in a shopping center. During this time Mr. Kemper decided to retire.
He sold the business to his 5 children, Rhonda, Harry, Harold Jr., Greg and Johnny. Within a year the new owners purchased land in Hazard and built a new furniture show room. La-z-boy was added to the lineup in 2000. And in 2003 an additional 12,000 sq. ft. of showroom space was added for a La-z-boy in store gallery. The rest is history. The Kemper family succeeded in ways they never could have imagined possible.
The Kemper’s have always been involved in their local churches and often give donations to schools and other civic organizations. Harold Sr. started the first fire and ambulance service in Leslie Co. The Kemper family is an important part of their community, and is well respected. They enjoy being able to give back to loyal customers that have given so much to them over the years.