Augusta store owner says he won't stop selling Confederate flags

Augusta store owner says he won't stop selling Confederate flags

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Retailers across the country have been pulling Confederate flag merchandise off the shelves and off their websites ever since South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the flag from the State House grounds.

Walmart, Sears and Amazon are just some of the stores that have pulled their merchandise, but that isn't stopping all store owners.

Bill Scroggins owns Sergeant Major's Bunker military supply store on Lumpkin Road, and he said he plans to keep selling the Confederate flag.

"Well I'm not going to stop selling the Confederate flag because it's a part of our history," Scroggins said.

Before Amazon pulled the Confederate flag merchandise, sales on the website went up by close to 3,000 percent, according to

Scroggins said dozens of people are calling in to reserve flags, and they're cleaning out the stock he has.

"The Confederate flags started selling real fast at the beginning of the week. And to be honest I did not know why," Scroggins said. "As you noticed, I couldn't find a 3-by-5 flag that wasn't sold. The only one I have left is the one I have here and it's already sold."

Matthew Hutcherson purchased three flags of his own today, and said the recent debate over the flag is what inspired him to buy his own.

"I am a son of the south. I am a Georgian. I was born and raised in Georgia. I've lived most of my life in Georgia. I am a proud Georgian," Hutcherson said. "Am I proud of the history of hurting people and lynching and the slavery that goes with this flag? No, I'm not proud of that. But I am proud of those who say, 'Okay, we'll remember our history, but we also will move forward as Americans to embrace each other."

"For some people, it's a part of their history," Scroggins said. "It's part of their grandparents and all that fought in the war."

Hutcherson said that's what he feels has spurred the increase in sales of the flag over the last few days.

"I think people are buying this flag and demonstrating and showing this flag more so than ever in the last few days because they are sick and tired of people who want to misuse and misrepresent this flag in ways that the south really does not exist," Hutcherson said.

Scroggins said with sales increasing as fast as they have and with his supplier charging him more money, the prices of his flags will have to double in the coming weeks.

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