Tag Archives: Georgia Grocery Stores

West Side Grocery, Fitzgerald

West Side Grocery was recently razed, along with Harry Pittman’s Novelty Warehouse and Floyd’s Hamburger Shack. It was the first “convenience” store in this section of town, if not the entire town.

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

Robinson’s Grocery, Irwin County

I’ve been photographing this structure for nearly 20 years and after all that time now have an identification, thanks to Wilbur Adkison. He notes that it was Robinson’s Grocery and was operated by Mrs. Robinson, who was a teacher at nearby Ashton School (Ben Hill County). Like the store in the previous post, Robinson’s Grocery is an amazing survivor.

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Fountain’s Grocery, Irwin County

This has been identified as Fountain’s or Fountain’s Grocery. It has been slightly relocated from its original location.

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Grocery & Gas Station, Sumter County

This is also in the Friendship community, located across the highway from the store in the previous post.

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Conner’s Food Store & Hardware, Pineview


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Filed under --WILCOX COUNTY GA--, Pineview GA

Jarrell’s Grocery, 1905, Taylor County

The iconic Jarrell’s Grocery is the heart of Taylor County’s Jarrell community. The landmark was just another country store when Floyd Jarrell opened it in 1905, but over the years, as such places have all but vanished from the landscape, it has become a reminder of another time, surviving mostly through the passion of the late Estelle Jarrell (1915-2017). “Miss Essie”, as she was known to all, ran the store for 78 years, enlisting the help of her sons in her later years but remaining a fixture for everyone who came here as much for  conversation as for the sundries. She told Ed Grisamore in a 2015 Macon Telegraph feature that she remembered buying candy in the store as a young girl and started getting the family discount when she married Fred Jarrell, Sr., in 1934.

The store has limited hours today but her sons have done their best to follow her advice in keeping it open.


Filed under --TAYLOR COUNTY GA--, Jarrell GA

Holliday Food Store, Higgsville

This store was owned by Marion Vinson “Doc” Holliday (1902-1987), who also served on the county commission and drove a school bus for many years. I believe it was open until the late 1980s. Thanks to Ladonna Johnson for the identification.

I’ve not been able to find much information about Higgsville. A post office was established here in 1833 and A. B. Higgs was the first postmaster. The post office closed in 1843. It’s not on any map today, but the name lives on through an historic African-American church in the community. I suspect it was a plantation community and may have been a ghost town by the end of the Civil War. It appears on census rolls at least until 1940.


Filed under --TWIGGS COUNTY GA--, Higgsville GA

General Store, Garden Valley

This small store probably sold groceries and gas.

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Filed under --MACON COUNTY GA--, Garden Valley GA

Berryhill Store, Cochran

This historic neighborhood store is an example of a neighborhood grocery, typical of small towns in the early 20th century. Thanks to Lisa Walker for the identification.

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Filed under --BLECKLEY COUNTY GA--, Cochran GA

Historic Storefronts, Chester

Several historic commercial structures survive in downtown Chester.

They once served as banks, grocery stores, and other general retail purposes.

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Filed under --DODGE COUNTY GA--, Chester GA