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Grices Fruit Baskets, Huger Street: Spring 2006   8 comments

Posted at 6:48 pm in historic,stores

Grices (their sign doesn't use an apostrophe, so I won't either) was a long established open-air market on Huger (that's "You-Gee" for you non-natives) Street downtown betwen Gervais & Blossom. I visited so few times, and those all when I was a kid, that I confess I'm a little fuzzy on their whole concept, but I think they had produce, some plants and crafty things like grapevine wreaths. I know my mother liked to stop there from time to time, but I can't really recall anything specific that she bought.

The sign suggests that they thought their main business was "Fruit Baskets", but this Columbia Star story suggests they were a "produce, flower and accessory market". The story also establishes that they closed in 2006; I would have put the date lots earlier. I guess it goes to show "out of sight, out of mind".

Written by ted on July 1st, 2008

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  1. Ted,

    I think Grice's has been
    shuttered for more like
    5+ years .. I've been gone
    from the area for 4 plus
    years and it was closed
    before I left .. maybe
    it will be revitalized
    with some future resurgence
    of the USC project and
    continued expansion and
    dev't of the Vista .. one
    can only hope it will be
    cleaned up sooner, rather
    than later ...

    Fish

    7 Jul 08 at 11:11 pm

  2. Yeah, I would have said longer too, but the Star story sounded pretty certain. On the other hand, the article body doesn't mention the date, just the page heading, and the article could predate the web-site and be mis-filed. That would make the "15 years" headline make sense. 15 years back from 2006 only takes us to 1991 which doesn't make sense as I know my mother shopped there, and she passed in 1989.

    ted

    7 Jul 08 at 11:23 pm

  3. It closed in the past 10 years or so. Mrs. Grice (the namesake) went to the church I grew up in and the and when she died, the business soon closed. That was after I went off to college so it's been since '97.

    Jonathan

    19 Aug 08 at 1:57 pm

  4. As a kid, 70s/80s. I remember Grice's as an open air market replete with fruits and vegetables. Seems to me hearing that Ms./ Grice had passed away, a new ownership took the spot and kept the Grice name focusing more on a flower/garden shop with lawn decorations. The closing date hangs in my mind as early 2000's but driving by it daily may have allowed me to take it for granted it was open longer. With an advertised price tag of 1.1 million for basically a concrete pad and metal building, it may be vacant for quite awhile!

    Mike

    3 Jun 09 at 11:15 am

  5. Also, for a long time this was "Grice-Govoni's." Apparently Mr./Mrs. Govoni moved on at some point.

    badger

    3 Jun 09 at 12:11 pm

  6. My mother used to shop there all the time starting around 1960. She bought fruit and vegetables at the market and always complained about the price but she said the quality was worth it. In the little building in the back they, for some reason sold day old baked goods and she bought the day old bread for toasting.

    melton

    27 Aug 09 at 9:05 pm

  7. Yes, I remember Grice's being a nursery/florist shop. I would occasionally wonder why the sign mentioned fruit baskets. I had them do my wedding flowers (2001) and I guess they were gone not too many years after that. I used to work in the building next door (Appliance Parts Co, Inc.) and my supervisor and I would go shopping there on our lunch break sometimes. Good times!

    Becky

    14 Sep 10 at 1:46 pm

  8. Oh I remember the fruit baskets. They remained popular here even after Hickory Farms came to Dutch Square offering a main stream option to their standard. That is, if you're not giving flowers... then get a fruit basket from Grice's!

    John R

    14 Sep 10 at 4:57 pm

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