Couple Start Design-Build Service After Retiring to Florence

by Ardie Arvidson

Owners Tommie N. and Gloria “Jackie” Thomas of TNT Rehab Consulting Services were joined by ambassadors of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting on Wednesday at a home they built on Sumter Street.

Tommie Thomas, president/architect, said this is the first home they have built in Florence.

Thomas said he has more than 35 years of experience in the industry. He spent about 32 years as an architect for the government and retired from U.S. Customs and Border Protection as an architect project manager.

Before coming to Florence, he also worked in the private industry sector in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

His wife, Jackie, is senior vice president/operations. She is also retired after 38 years as an IT project manager with Verizon.

Tommie said they are part of the city of Florence revitalization efforts.

He said they built the modular home, and the city will find a buyer.

“We designed and built it from the ground up,” he said.

Jackie said the house took about 90 days to build.

He said they are working on other project in the Pee Dee region, but are waiting on the go-ahead from the city of Florence to start another home.

Jackie has joined her husband in the design-build business. On visits back to her hometown, Tommie was impressed with the revitalization taking place in Florence, according to their website..

Jackie grew up in Florence and moved to Maryland to attend college. Once retired, the couple decided to move to Florence, where Jackie’s mother is still living.

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