Georgia April 19, 2018
8 Stores That Anyone Who Grew Up In Georgia Will Undoubtedly Remember
Georgia has a lot of history when it comes to landmarks and cities that have withstood the test of time. But what about those old spots in Georgia where you used to shop on weekends with your family? Perhaps they are still around, or maybe they’ve shuttered for good, but these 8 stores in Georgia will likely be remembered by anyone who grew up in the state.
1. Rich’s Department Store - Atlanta, Georgia
Rich’s Department Store became a true staple in Georgia throughout the years. What began in 1867 as a dry goods store eventually turned into a department store. Georgians loved Rich’s Department store and frequently visited, especially throughout the holiday season for the Great Tree and Pink Pig traditions. Unfortunately, the store has not lasted the test of time and sadly closed down.
2. Old Sautee General Store - Helen, Georgia
The Old Sautee General Store is one of the oldest stores in the state. Serving the North Georgia community since 1872, this store became a staple for those in the area, but also became a must-stop on any road trips throughout the state.
3. Wuxtry Records - Athens, Georgia
Georgia’s oldest record store in Athens is one of the coolest places to spend an afternoon. For vinyl record lovers or collectors, Wuxtry Records is the place to be. Opened in 1976, this record store has withstood the test of time and even recently celebrated a 40th birthday.
4. Horton’s Books & Gifts - Carrollton, Georgia
The oldest book store in Georgia is still one of the most frequented. Located in Carrollton, Horton’s Books & Gifts has been around since 1891. Growing up near Carrollton, you knew that Horton’s was the place to go and relax, find some new reads, and enjoy petting a cat or two.
5. Sunrise Grocery - Blairsville, Georgia
Way back when, there weren’t grocery store chains and Walgreens where one could pop in and get what they need quickly. In fact, there were small, locally owned grocery stores that provided families with fresh produce and meats to carry them through the week. Sunrise Grocery in Blairsville holds memories for many Georgia residents, and still to this day can be enjoyed by all.
6. Piggly Wiggly - Ellijay, Georgia
Let’s be honest, Piggly Wiggly’s were all the rage in Georgia throughout the years. Needed some discount meat? Piggly Wiggly. Ran out of milk? Piggly Wiggly. However, unfortunately due to the rise of big-box stores throughout Georgia, Piggly Wiggly’s saw their business dwindle and eventually started shutting down all over the state.
7. Johnnie Ganem's Wine - Savannah, Georgia
As one of the oldest wine and liquor stores in Georgia, Johnnie Ganem’s was the place to be in downtown Savannah. Perhaps you went with your family members to pick up some wine for a dinner party and still visit now as an adult. A true Savannah tradition for 70 years, this special store is still thriving in the state.
8. Market Grocery - Forest Park, Georgia
Remember cash and carry stores? Almost like the original Walmarts. There is still a cash and carry store in Forest Park that has withstood the test of time. Market Grocery is the oldest cash and carry in the state and still offers some of the best deals around.
Have you ever visited any of these stores? Share with us your experience int he comments section! Or if you have more stores in Georgia that you remember visiting growing up, feel free to share those, too!
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