Longtime Charlotte grocery reopens

Longtime Charlotte grocery reopens

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It is hard to define Reid’s Fine Foods in just a word.    

It is part grocery store, part deli, part wine shop -- and there is even a butcher shop. The store has been around in Charlotte for 84 years.

On Tuesday, the new Reid's opened in Myers Park, back near where the original store was opened decades ago.

Jennifer Lamarre is a new customer who stopped in for the opening today to check it out,

"I think it looks great," said Lamarre.  "It looks like a good combination of the old south and new great products."

Newcomers to Charlotte might remember Reid's location at the 7th Street Station in uptown and owner Chuck Richards.

"This year would have been my fiftieth year with Reid's,” Richards said. “I started as a bag boy.”

But when his last lease ran out and the economy sagged in uptown, Richards decided to call it quits.  He sold out to two partners who wanted to keep the store going, but move it back to a location in Myers Park.

And that is the Reid's that opened today on Selwyn Avenue.

"The most important thing we did was retain the key Reid's staff," said co-owner Tom Coker. "The butchers, the general manager, the store's line personnel.  That is what will make us unique."

That is good news for long-time customers like Victoria Hollidge.

"I always used to buy my meats downtown and before that at the old Myers Park location, so I am really excited it's here," she said.

Richards, the former owner, was one of the first customers at the new location and he was pleased to see that the store so tied to the history of the city will live on.

"It is an incredible feeling to know that the new owners have committed to take Reid's to another generation and Charlotte will be a better place for it," said Richards.
 

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