A small grocery and gas station which has been an institution in the Courtney community for nearly 70 years has reopened thanks to new owners Shane Gordon and Jonathan Baker.
The owners of Hollars Grocery, located at 3709 Courtney Huntsville Road, recently sold the business. The store was expected to be closed for several months, but Gordan and Baker worked quickly to get things moving so the shop wouldn’t have to be closed for that long.
“Nobody wanted to see the place closed,” Gordon said of the store which has been in operation since 1947.
“Our mission is to take a historical landmark, remodel and add upgrades but continue with the southern country charm that’s always made this store successful,” he added.
In addition to selling non-ethanol gas, for which Gordon said people drive long distances to find, the shop also offers snacks, drinks, live bait and more. The building is in the process of being remodeled. New items which will be featured at Hollars Grocery will include a beverage bar with slushies, coffee and cappuccino. They also plan to add beer to the inventory, a first in the store’s history, and lottery tickets as well. Uhaul rentals also will be available in the future.
Gordon and Baker became business partners early this year and formed S&J Pit Stop, LLC, a business in which they plan to purchase older convenient stores and then remodel them and add new amenities.
Gordon is no stranger to the convenient store industry. He is following in his grandfather’s footsteps, who ran several convenient stores under the name Humpty Dumpty Markets in Thomasville. The name Hollars Grocery will remain, but in homage to his grandfather, the image of Humpty Dumpty will be added to the store’s logo.
Gordon has a degree in engineering and previously worked for 15 years with the city of High Point Electric Utilities. He recently graduated from High Point University with an MBA in public administration. Gordon’s mother, Marian Gordon, also will be helping with the operations of the store.
Baker, a Boonville native, is retired from the military and now employed with the U.S. Post Office of Clemmons. Baker’s daughter, Brianne Baker, also will be part of the staff.
The store is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6p.m.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.