A History of Liberty Party Rental

It all started over 36 years ago, in 1984, when Don and Leona Jay took a leap of faith and decided to open their own business using their retirement savings.

Having a previous 25 years of experience in textiles, Don Jay wanted to focus his business on linen rental for parties throughout the Nashville area. The Jays opened Liberty, a retail party store, and acquired an existing rental store in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Six years later, after continual growth and the addition of a diverse rental inventory, Liberty moved to a larger location at City Square Plaza. Long-time Liberty customers will remember this location with the retail division on the top level and the rental showroom on the lower level.

Frame tents became hugely popular in the late 1990s and Liberty was one of the exclusive companies in the Middle Tennessee area to stock this desired type of tenting. From high-end residential dinner parties to corporate functions with guest counts over 1,500, Liberty had quickly become the preferred choice for arranging an event.

With the rental aspect of the business booming, the Jays decided to sell their retail division of the company in 2000, then in 2002, the Jays sold Liberty to long-time employee Bruce Hurst. Although Don Jay sold the business, he continues to remain a key team player as the Chief Financial Officer.

While still in high school in the late 1980s, Bruce began working at Liberty as a delivery driver. He returned after college, working in all aspects of the business from washing dishes to delivering orders, and then was credited for introducing the tenting, flooring and staging components to the rental division. After Bruce acquired the business, the name was officially changed to Liberty Party Rental, Inc.

In March 2008, Liberty Party Rental moved its headquarters to a location off Saundersville Road, staying in Hendersonville. Tremendous growth brought a need for a brand-new, larger warehouse in 2012, and Liberty Party Rental moved just a few buildings up the hill, where the corporate office still is today.

The Green Hills Design Center formally opened in August 2012 satisfying a requirement for a showroom in Davidson County. A third showroom was then opened in April 2015 in the Wedgewood area of Nashville, dubbed as the Loft at Houston Station.

Growth demanded a second warehouse be opened in a site closer to Downtown Nashville with additional space for continually expanding inventory. The North Nashville warehouse, near Trinity Lane, was opened in the late summer of 2015. This facility operates as the main rental warehouse and is also the location for customer will-call pick-ups. The Hendersonville warehouse houses the tenting and flooring division, as well as linen processing and Sumner County showroom.

Now, with a total of four locations, accumulating to over 65,000 sq. ft. of combined warehouse and showroom space, Liberty Party Rental is easily accessible to all customers in the Middle Tennessee area.

Over 36 years of history is just a tiny detail you’ll notice that sets us apart from the rest; however the most vital piece of Liberty Party Rental’s foundation is their professional, creative and dependable team of staff touting over 150 years of collective rental experience and exemplary customer service skills.