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Waller's Grocery, Leesburg Road: 1973   14 comments

Posted at 3:14 am in historic,stores

I really don't know anything about this building on Leesburg Road near James Browder Road. It does have that classic "country general store" look though. From the construction, I would guess that it was built pre-war. Even the electrical connection with the obvious insulators has kind of a 1930s look. The closing date I assigned, 1960s, is a total guess. The place has obviously not seen any maintenance in quite a while, but it could have easily lasted into the 1970s or even longer. Even today, the area is very rural, and some odd retail establishements (like Mr. Bunky's on the Sumter Highway) still survive.


UPDATE 15 July 2014: Changed the post title to "Waller's Grocery" from "Country Store" and the closing date from 1960s to 1973 based on the comments.

Written by ted on February 21st, 2010

14 Responses to 'Waller's Grocery, Leesburg Road: 1973'

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  1. The first picture of the "Country Store" reminds me of the old Lykesland Post Office . Not to far apart at 8306 Garners Ferry Road , just before the traffic light @ Trotter Road;To Columbia lane.
    "Bo"

    "Bo"

    21 Feb 10 at 11:54 am

  2. Very interesting post. Have you ever seen the old Monticello Mercantile up by Lake Monticello? Here's a link to some info about it: http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/fairfield/S10817720026/index.htm

    Kenneth

    21 Feb 10 at 4:05 pm

  3. No, I'd never seen that. Interesting. This one is obviously a smaller building than that and I doubt it goes back to the 19th century.

    ted

    22 Feb 10 at 12:49 am

  4. Not really on Leesburg Road. Its on Old Leesburg Road which starts At Trotter Road and runs next to Leesburg. It starts as a dirt road then turns to a paved road then back to a dirt road near Congress Road I know the store was open in the early 80's and was called Johnnys. I used to stop there and get a beer ( in a brown bag ) when I was going fishing in Eastover. I think Johnnys last name was Grant

    gary

    23 Feb 10 at 12:12 am

  5. Are you sure about that? This is definitely on the paved "new" Leesburg road (aka SC 262). It's not far from James Browder Road which is a cut-through connecting Old Leesburg Road with Leesburg Road , but it is not on Old Leesburg.

    ted

    23 Feb 10 at 12:24 am

  6. Your right Ted I was thinking off a different store

    gary

    23 Feb 10 at 4:56 pm

  7. Waller's Grocery, run by a Mrs. Bessie Waller from 1965-1973, according to her obit.

    badger

    12 Jul 14 at 10:13 pm

  8. Mrs. Waller also had a grill in the store behind the counter. I recall eating fried catfish there one day which they caught in one of their ponds. They would set lines attached to plastic bottles in the evenings and pull in the fish the next morning. She also introduced me to hush puppies that day (I am a transplanted yankee) and I have enjoyed them ever since.

    Terry

    14 Jul 14 at 9:45 am

  9. Open as late as 1973? I would not have guessed that. I'm changing the post title from "Country Store" to "Waller's Grocery" then.

    ted

    15 Jul 14 at 12:02 am

  10. I can believe it. Back in the 70's my Grandfather's OLD barns were still standing strong. Wen to check them out a bout a year ago and they were in worse shape that this building.

    Homer

    15 Jul 14 at 12:13 am

  11. And somewhere along the way, I became one of those people who think 1973 is not that long ago..

    ted

    15 Jul 14 at 12:52 am

  12. Amen to that, Ted!!

    Homer

    15 Jul 14 at 2:10 am

  13. This was my grandparents store! Thank you for the article about it. Maybe I can tell you more about it as soon as I get back to my computer. Great pictures by the way. Where did you get them at? The building looks a lot different now then from those pics but it's still holding up!

    Laura

    15 Jul 14 at 2:17 pm

  14. I took those pictures on 20 February 2010. It was a nice sunny day!

    Love to hear what you remember about the place..

    ted

    15 Jul 14 at 11:02 pm

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