The story of Holmes Electric, Inc. began more than 115 years ago when Cumberland County native, Oliver Wendell Holmes, returned to Fayetteville to install the electric trolley lines along Hay Street—seeing the potential in Fayetteville, N.C. Mr. Holmes decided to open an electrical contracting business. Thus, Holmes Electric was born in 1908.
Mr. Holmes purchased the trolley after installing it and operated and expanded it. He also opened the retail store of Holmes Electric on Hay St. in the early 1900s. This store sold electrical supplies and appliances. Through the early years, it became a small department store selling hardware, sporting goods, and housewares in addition to appliances. During World War II, appliances were in short supply; therefore, Mr. Holmes even sold freshly squeezed juice at the front of the retail store. The hardware and housewares area of the store eventually evolved into the gift and accessories division of Holmes Electric. Katherine Holmes Wheeler, daughter of O. W. Holmes, successfully led the gift department until 2014 when it was closed to expand the security division.
Mr. Holmes’s son-in-law, J. D. ‘Luke’ Wheeler, joined the business in 1950 and became the driving force of Holmes Electric until his retirement in 2002. Mr. Wheeler carried on and expanded the appliance division of Holmes Electric into one of the finest major appliance stores in the region. As a result, he offered consumers the affordable quality and service that customers of Holmes Electric came to expect and receive over the years. In April of 2003, the appliance division was phased out. And in 2014, Holmes Fine Gifts was phased out to make room for the expansion of Holmes Security Systems.
Mr. Luke Wheeler started the security systems division of the company, now known as Holmes Security Systems. His son, Stephen Holmes Wheeler, the grandson of the late Oliver Wendell Holmes, continues to operate this hometown family-owned business today. The security systems division of the company has grown to become the area’s leader in life safety and security sales organization. Additionally, Holmes Security Systems is the only U.L. listed 5-Diamond Central Monitoring Station in Southeastern North Carolina.
The company provides its clients with up-to-date technology and service, using the latest advances in custom-designed security systems, commercial fire alarm systems, camera systems, and more. Holmes provides service to customers throughout N.C. with the main office in Fayetteville, N.C., and a coastal office in Wilmington, N.C. The continued success is due to the quality of service offered to their clients. Year after year, you will find hometown people serving hometown customers with high standards and a personal touch. That is one of the reasons Holmes Security Systems stands apart from the other local and national impersonal chain companies.
Just as every customer and their needs are unique, Holmes Security Systems strives to treat every customer and their situation uniquely.