L. D. Wright Grocery, Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald historian Paul Dunn relayed this history to my father via telephone: This was L. D. Wright’s grocery store. Railroad employees charged their purchases and later “picked up” their tickets and paid their balances in the store. L. D. Wright ran two “store trucks” and traveled the area trading groceries for chickens, eggs, etc. The trucks were loaded with chicken crates to facilitate this practice.

A decal on the door revealed during a recent cleanup of the property suggests that Wright was associated with the RIO brand. RIO, an acronym for Retail Independently Owned, was a grocery syndicate once associated with hundreds of small grocers all over Georgia.




Filed under --BEN HILL COUNTY GA--, Fitzgerald GA

7 responses to “L. D. Wright Grocery, Fitzgerald

  1. Skeeter humphreys

    Mr. Buddy and Mrs. Rosa Wright lived right next door to the store. They had no children except those of us in Sunday school at First Baptist. Uncle Buddy probably gave away a fortune in stock chewing gum over the years. Hisl store was a place you could go and talk to him when you could not talk to your parents. His brother-in-law Travis Morris who had the Sinclair distrubership lived on the corner across from the store. That must have been why Buddy sold Sinclair gas and oil. The meat cutter was mr. Pope I think

  2. Norma Driebe

    In Clay County, “store trucks” mentioned here were called “rolling stores”, I believe.

  3. Chip

    All us younguns that went to first ward school went there for snacks and candy

  4. Louie Harper

    Buddy Wright’s store, 1 block west of First Ward School. Had a covered porch on the front.

  5. Ernie Fordham

    Where in Fitzgerald is this old store located? Also, is Paul Dunn related to the late Pat Dunn and his brother, Shep??

    • Brian Breese

      I was just informed it’s on West Suwanee St. in Fitzgerald.

      • Chip Dorminy

        Wright store was a block west of old 1st ward school (north end) on the corner. Us 1st ward younguns spent a many a nickel there before and after school in the 50s

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