Family Business Spans 60 Years
where was Loafers Rest? How about asking the family who is
still running the local grocery store. The Taylor family
will know where is was, since the fourth generation is now
taking his position to carry on. Hunter Taylor, a student
at Oakland High School is working when he has time, learning the
trade under his father Little Ronny and grandparents Big Ronny
and Joyce Taylor.
Taylor's Grocery has
been in the family since 1952. Then in 1962 when Ronny and
Joyce got married the began running the store with Ronny's
father Grady Taylor.
Little Ronny was
practically born at the store, Mrs. Taylor says. When he
was an infant he slept in a box behind the counter while she
operated the register.
Haven't figured out
just where Loafer's Rest was located? Well, coming from
town on Old Woodbury Pike just before Kittrell, the landmark was
Taylor's Grocery. Kids would play on the feed bags on the
porch and take an occasional nap while the adults laughed and
solved the world's problems.
The Taylors and
their store have seen a lot of changes, not only with growth of
businesses but the decline of people in the Kittrell area where
families dealt with them on a regular basis by running in and
picking up a few things and saying, "put it on my ticket."
"There were children of families who traded with us before dying
or moving, who still live out this way and still buy from us",
added Mrs. Taylor.
The enjoyment of
dealing with friends and the conversations still make the
Taylors glad they've kept the store operating all of these years
and that their son Little Ronny and grandson Hunter are as
interested in serving the community as they were 50 years ago.
When you're wanting
a pound or so of bologna, at Taylor's Grocery it comes out of
the meat case and sliced to order. Stop by and say hello
and get some gas while you're at it. They are located at
4524 Woodbury Pike.