Ronnie Horton says goodbye to a long career as a grocer, but his name will live on | To eat


Ronnie’s regulars are worried about the store change. Horton cautioned everyone to keep an open mind.

“People asked me about them, if the store was going to be the same,” Horton said. “I said, ‘Give the guy a chance. He is investing his time and money in this, and he’s delighted.

But Horton said it wasn’t just a factor that made Ronnie successful.

He attributes his success to keeping the store well stocked and providing good quality, personalized service, and trying to transport items that people couldn’t easily find elsewhere.

Country ham – which anyone can smell when they walk in the door – has always been a bestseller, available whole, sliced, as the customer wants. Horton got hams from WG White until he went bankrupt. More recently, Frank Corriher provided them. Horton said that peanuts – which he sells in about half a dozen ways: shelled, unshelled, etc.

“I learned early on that you have to keep the store full. If a store isn’t full and people come in and can’t find what they want, they don’t come back.

But that doesn’t quite explain how Ronnie’s lasted 27 years in a city saturated with supermarket chains, farmer’s markets popping up everywhere, and even modern, urban versions of Ronnie’s drawing crowds of local produce.


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