COVINGTON, Ga. - Most Covington residents know OHCO to be the go-to fabric and rug store in town, but what many may not know is the store now features furniture, bedding, towels and additional household items.
Most of the items sold at OHCO are from online returns at major online retailers.
“There is a lot of waste being produced from online returns,” Josh Hart, president of OHCO, said.
According to Invespro, “30 percent of all products ordered online are returned as compared to 8.89 percent in brick-and-mortar stores.”
This is where OHCO comes into play. To help those numbers decrease OHCO takes those online returns and sells them at a reasonable price.
Providing customers with items for their house goes beyond the surface. OHCO is also very much into recycling and making it a priority.
“Our goal is to be a zero waste landfill objective. We are not 100 percent there yet, but every year we try more and more to have that objective,” Hart said.
This year alone, OHCO has exported to 60 different countries. The company mainly targets South America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. OHCO is not a manufacturer, but instead, the store re-processes textiles.
“We find a home for each one,” Hart said.
As far as future plans are concerned, OHCO hopes to target those who are new Covington and the younger generation. According to OHCO’s employees, they are hitting that goal hard as they are seeing more of a younger generation coming to shop.
OHCO has two major warehouse sales a year: one in March and one in October. Weather permitting; the next sale will be Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.