The home and fragrance shop moved into the old Jones and Vining building, a 70-year-old building that was about to be closed until owner Cathy Tedder stepped in.
“It was kinda strange,” Mayor Charles Snapp said. “[Cathy] comes out and walks in our parking lot...”
The company had been based in Pocahontas since 1985, but they were looking to expand.
“We just had really good growth this past year, even with COVID and everything going on,” Tedder said. “We needed to double our space from 25,000 and now we’re at about 50,000 square [feet].”
With this move, they are not only doubling space, but they’re also doubling production, adding six employees by the start of February. The company has around 21 employees currently.
Tedder says they haven’t stopped production, even during the move to Walnut Ridge.
“It was not easy getting moved out as quickly as we did,” Tedder said. “But we did it, and now we’re up and running in production.”
Eleven Point has sold products to several places throughout the country, including places like MGM Grand and The Bellagio.
Mayor Snapp says the half-million-dollar project will be a shot in the arm to the area.
“They ship products all over the United States, into Europe and into Japan, and they’re planning on expanding and adding more jobs in the next month or two,” Snapp said. “How could we not be excited?”
Tedder says the company plans to make improvements to the facility, in addition to adding another production line to another half of the building.
Snapp adds he’s thrilled to have the company in the city.
“For these people to walk in and want to bring this business to Walnut Ridge and expand it is a huge boost for a town our size,” Snapp said. “[With] 20 jobs and adding six more is good.”