Country Outfitter set for Aug. 30 grand opening in Old Post Office

A Country Outfitter awning stands above the front steps of the Old Post Office on Tuesday during the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market on the downtown square.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

A new era is about to begin at the Old Post Office on the Fayetteville Square.

Acumen Brands recently agreed to terms of a three-year lease agreement with Jim Huson, who purchased the building in June from Ron Bumpass.

The Fayetteville-based company plans to open a brick-and-mortar location for its wildly popular online western apparel store Country Outfitter. The store will also offer handbags from Acumen’s newest online brand Maple & West.

A new awning was unveiled above the steps of the front entrance of the building recently as part of the prep work to ready the building for a planned grand opening celebration on Aug. 30 with local country rock band Backroad Anthem.

The 102-year-old structure has sat vacant for nearly five years since Urban Table Bar & Grill, the last in a series of restaurants to call the OPO home, closed in early 2009.

Previous tenants included Sodie’s Fountain and Grill, Hog City Diner and the Old Post Office Restaurant. Through the years, several businesses have occupied portions of the building including Stogie’s Fine Cigars and Tobacco, Jammin’ Java, and a private basement club called The Gathering Place.