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M. H. Baxley's Groceries / Gregg Street Groceries, 1309 Greeg Street: 1970s (?)   9 comments

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Commenter Justin pointed out this old style, stepped facade roof, grocery on Gregg Street just down the hill from Gervais. I believe I have rendered the names correctly -- Gregg Street Groceries obviously came after, and overwrote, M. H. Baxley's Groceries. This sort of neighboorhood grocery used to be pretty common, but has now been mostly replaced with convenience stores on the one hand and supermarkets on the other. Now, the Five Points Food Lion is very convenient to this location by car, but back in the day, it would have been a long walk to Eden's.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on August 8th, 2014

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  1. Ahhh yea.. I can see myself going in this store back in the 60's. Ordering a bologna sandwich on white bread with mayo.

    The owner whips out a tube, grabs a knife that was passed down from his Grandfather, cuts a couple of thick slices, pulls off the red casing, lathers up some Merita bread with Dukes, and lays down the Bo-Log-Na.
    I grab a RC Cola out of the old rusty cooler and sit down at the worn out wooden table. A couple of napkins, a breeze blowing from the oscillating fan and prepare to enjoy my poor mans steak sandwich.
    Geeze, does it, could it, get any better on a warm summer afternoon?

    As my Japanese buddies say "Maybe No".

    I've been there and done that, not at this particular old grocery store, but one just like it.


    8 Aug 14 at 6:29 pm

  2. Despite it's rather run-down appearance, this place was actually doing business as recently as ten years ago!


    8 Aug 14 at 9:16 pm

  3. I grew up next door to a store like this in Irmo. You couldn't get a bologna sandwich since it didn't even have running water to wash things up.

    It had an outhouse in the back for nature's calls. To this day there is still a dip in the ground where it used to stand. The man that ran it would bring in a Thermos jug of water every day even though most of his drinking came from the little nips from the bottle of hooch he kept behind the counter.

    But you could get a Moon Pie and an RC Cola and sit around the pot bellied stove and play checkers with the owner or whoever happened to be there. Or grab a pack of Nabs and a Pepsi (don't forget to add the salted peanuts to the bottle).

    8 oz. Cokes an penny candy machines. Yep, the good ole days!!!!!


    9 Aug 14 at 12:11 am

  4. I just noticed that the building still has electrical and phone connections. I wonder what it is being used for now....


    9 Aug 14 at 12:51 am

  5. Homer, where was this?


    11 Aug 14 at 8:31 am

  6. @jonathan - the building is still there though not quite the same. It is located on the corner of Woodrow St. and Columbia Ave. Here it is.


    11 Aug 14 at 8:48 pm

  7. @jonathan - meant to say that is is now a print shop.....


    12 Aug 14 at 12:23 am

  8. Thanks!!


    12 Aug 14 at 8:06 am

  9. Is this building for sale? This neighborhood is building up nicely.


    28 Oct 20 at 7:25 pm

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