Craft cuts ribbon on second Edward Jones location in Luray

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Community leaders gathered Aug. 16 to celebrate the grand opening of the second location of Edward Jones Financial Services in Luray in the Food Lion Shopping Center.

By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Aug. 16 — The running joke is how he wins everything. Local financial advisor Anthony Craft has had a string of good luck in local raffles and drawings. On Wednesday morning, one speaker joked that he’d better not be entering the drawing for his own door prizes.

“He always wins,” said Clancy Arnold, Membership Development and Investment Administrator for the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce.

“Why do you think we invest with him?” replied a voice in the crowd.

A few dozen clients, supporters and community leaders squeezed into Craft’s office on Aug. 16 for a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Chamber to celebrate a grand opening for the second location of Edward Jones Financial Services in Luray.

“Nothing makes us happier than seeing an empty storefront being occupied,” Mayor Jerry Dofflemyer said.

Craft, 31, has served as a financial advisor with the local Edward Jones office for the past five years. He’s spent the past year establishing the firm’s new office in the Food Lion Shopping Center, after moving out of its West Main Street location, which has served the Luray community for the past 14 years.

On Wednesday, Craft thanked his wife, as well as assistant Brittney Hebermehl, who started in April as the branch office administrator.

“It’s real easy to find a parking space,” he joked with the crowd about the new location. “People see it coming out of the grocery store…and it covers the practical basics really well…it’s easy to park, and it’s easy to get in.”

As a local Edward Jones financial advisor, Craft helps clients with personal retirement plans, to include traditional and Roth IRAs; investments, including stocks, bonds and mutual funds; and college savings plans, like a 529. He can also work with businesses on cash and credit options, insurance options and setting up 401(k) or other retirement plans for employees.

“I help people retire with the life they want, and these are the tools to help them get there,” Craft said.

Growing up in Fauquier County and graduating from Liberty High School, Craft went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Valley Forge. He currently lives in the Chester Gap area of Rappahannock County.

And he truly enjoys working with clients just over the Blue Ridge in Page County.

“I’m thankful to be able to work with people that are intelligent, patient, kind and down to earth,” Craft said. “They are extremely supportive as a community…and that is just not the case in many places.”

Nestled between Schewels and 211 Escape, Craft said the new Edward Jones office was part of a plan to open a second location in Luray for some time. He welcomes those looking to invest, retire or simply plan for the future, to stop by and see how Edward Jone Financial Services can find options and offer choices.

“We take things that are complicated and make them simple,” Craft said. “It’s my job to bring simplicity to planning your future.

Financial advisor Anthony Craft operates the Edward Jones office located at 1456 U.S. Hwy. 211 West in the Food Lion Shopping Center (between Schewels and 211 Escape), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

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