Knight’s Christmas Trees and More has been selling Fraser firs in Woodruff for over 20 years. Owner Jeff Knight is honoring a promise he made to his late father to keep the business, and Christmas traditions, alive in Woodruff.
Knight’s tree business, originally located at the Baptist Association in Woodruff, was started by the late Hugh Knight. Before his passing in 2012, Knight’s sons Jeff and Steve promised their father they would keep the business running in Woodruff. When Steve passed away the following year, Jeff Knight knew it was up to him to carry out his father’s wishes.
Knight’s stocks fresh cut Fraser fir trees, a native species to the Appalachian Mountains. The firs are grown in Sparta, NC where they are cut and then delivered to Woodruff the very next morning, unlike corporate stores where trees can sit for months before being offered to the public.
When the firs arrive on Knight’s lot, they receive a fresh cut, are drilled for a stand, and are kept in water to ensure they remain fresh for the customers. The trees range in size from 5 to 12 feet, and range in price from $30 to $300. Knight’s also sells wreaths made on site, candy canes, bows, stands, and crosses for grave sites.
Due to a shortage of trees in the last 3 years, Knight had to order his supply in January to secure his inventory for their opening the weekend before Thanksgiving. The shortage is the result of fewer trees having been planted following the 2007 recession, and of recent forest fires.
An employee at Knight’s, Darrell Charles, said the best part of the job is “getting to know the families that come back every year. When people come back year after year, it makes us feel like we are part of one big family.” Knight noted that in some cases, kids who once visited with their parents are now bringing their own children in to pick out a tree.
While some customers have been stopping in for decades, others like the Skinner family are visiting for the first time this year. “This is the first year we have bought a real tree since my twins were born,” stated Lynne Skinner, who was purchasing a tree with her family.
Knight stated that “business has been steady this year,” noting that the support of our local community allows him to keep the promise he made to his father, which he intends to honor for as long as it’s possible.
“We appreciate all the support that the community of Woodruff gives us each year.” – Jeff Knight
If you want to support a great business and buy a beautiful tree, head to Knight’s Christmas Trees and More at 847 N. Main Street in Woodruff, across the street from the Food Lion parking lot. They are open Monday thru Saturday from 9AM to 9PM and on Sundays from 12PM to 9PM. The business will be open until Christmas Eve or all the trees sell, whichever comes first.