By COLLIN BROOKS
Carroll Fender has been back on familiar ground for almost three months now and he couldn’t be happier. And the community seems just as pleased to see him at the former Pioneer Grocery which will be renamed Crockett Corner.
“People have just been coming up to us and telling us how happy they are to have us back,” Fender said. “How much they missed the store and how sad it was to see it go from busy, busy to rock bottom.
“We didn’t realize how much this store meant to this community and how much this community meant to the store. So with the two new frames of mind coming back and together, we are getting it back to somewhat normal.”
In order to show the community how appreciative the Crockett Corner is, Fender and his family will host Pioneer Day on Saturday, May 14, as a re-opening.
The event will have food sampling, drinks and family activities. Fender said that a mechanical bull will be on hand and other fun activities for kids to enjoy.
“We will have a lot going on and we will be able to use the lot beside of us for overflow,” Fender said.
They will also have new produce and flowers to sell during the event in an effort to bring people back to the store. They will even have discounted gas for a four-hour window.
The exact price is still in the works, but “usually it is fairly substantial,” Fender said.
Carroll and his family owned the store for 14 years before leasing it to someone else.
And the community has been appreciative ever since they came back, Fender said.
The store sells strawberries at a “break-even” price, according to Fender, which is $10 a gallon in order to re-energize business into the store.
“Hopefully that will bring people back into the store so that they will see what all we have to offer,” Carroll said.
The store serves food from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.