Ribbon Cutting

Brandon Hardee prepares to cut the ribbon to commemorate his business, the Hardee Agency, joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. He is surrounded by ambassadors for the chamber.

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Hardee Agency had a ribbon cutting Thursday to mark both its joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and its change in ownership as of Jan. 1.

Formerly Ben Stevens Allstate, the agency is now owned by Brandon Hardee and has remained with Allstate.

Hardee bought the agency from his father-in-law on Jan. 1 when he retired.

"My family's been in insurance. My dad's been in insurance for 30-plus years," said Hardee, who has been in insurance since 2012.

The Hardee Agency is a full-service office that offers personalized insurance, home, auto, life, counsels on retirement needs and offers some commercial coverage products, Hardee said.

"This business has been in this location for 25 years," Hardee said. "I'm excited to continue that legacy he started so many years ago."

The Hardee Agency is at 1600 Second Loop Road in Florence. It can be reached at 843-665-4496. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

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