The small community of Mountain View, just southwest of Hickory, is one that strives on family. With a population of 3,552, the community is a few miles away from Hickory, Hildebran and Long View.
While the community only covers four square miles, the home value has increased over the last decade. The current value of approximately $137,000 is just below the state value at $155,500. The community's household income has also increased around $3,000, from $51,974 to $54,263. That rate has not only increased, but has passed the state income at $43, 674. The has seen a few uphill battles with the unemployment rate being higher than the state average in the last year. The jobs that are thriving in the area are manufacturing, health care, social assistance, educational services and retail.
One business that has thrived in the small community is Mountain View Home and Garden Center. The family-owned business has been a staple in the community for more than 30 years. The store is owned by Tracy Warlick. His nephew, Gene Brittain joined the family business and said one of the great things about the store is they have the same prices as the big box stores, but the convenience is better. The store employs a total of 15, both full and part time. Brittain said with the employees and their experience, anyone's questions can be answered.
“You get to be friends with the customers,” Brittain said.
The old-fashioned hardware store prides themselves on greeting every customer that comes through the door. Brittain said he wanted people would be asked to much rather than not asked at all. Brittain said along with great customer service, their visitors can expect quality products from hardware to paint to cleaning supplies. The store has also services Ezgo golf carts. Brittain said the store tries to keep all types of merchandise and has had customers come in and only find something at their store. He said they also tell customers if they don't have it they will find it for them.
Mountain View also boasts several other quality businesses that include Dickinson Service Center, Hannah's BBQ South and Mountain View Family Practice among many others. The community also has several schools nearby to help build education at an early age. They include Mountain View, Grandview and Southwest elementary schools.