When Kroger was in downtown Searcy AR...on Spring Street.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Krogers on Spring St Searcy AR

While touring Pioneer Village in Searcy AR I saw this picture hanging in the old depot building.  I remembered that no one seemed to be able to remember when the Krogers store was in downtown Searcy on Spring Street.  The picture says it was on Spring Street and it names the people in the picture.  Here's a bigger view of the tag.

Left to right, Marshall Watson, employee, Jesse Byrd, manager, Tommy Byrd, employee and Ed Coward, customer.  Ed looks as if he is floating in air but it is the reflections from the surroundings that give that appearance.  It's a great picture and I regret not getting a better copy.

Kroger store employees Searcy AR

Comments (18)

Larry Atkins
State Wide Realty Co. - Farmville, VA

Great localism post. Folks around here love to see pictures from the past - I'm sure there the same in Arkansas. I'm an avid collector of all things Farmville and have similar photos in our lobby.  Hope you have a great day!

May 09, 2012 04:18 AM
Anonymous
Ludean Kidd

Glad to see a picture of the old store.  I knew it was a small store compared to today's grocery stores.  And there wasn't any air conditioning in the stores at that time.  They only place that I remember being air conditioned besides the Rialto was the Royal Cafe on West side of court square.  Someone may can correct me on that one.

May 09, 2012 04:58 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Larry, thanks for commenting.  We do like old photos here!

Ludean, I'm glad we found a picture of the old Kroger store.  If you haven't been to Pioneer Village open house plan to go next time.  It is an interesting place.

May 09, 2012 10:57 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Mary, it was like an unexpected find!  I remember someone on the blog wondering if anyone had a picture of it because we did have one of Safeway!  So there it was at Pioneer Village!

May 09, 2012 10:54 PM
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

This post is a treasure to my husband, Bob......who remembers when Kroger was on Spring St. but no one else did....until a blog or two ago.  He says, as we so often say, "it's smaller than I remember"!    but he does remember the Byrd guys, Jessie and Tommy...and Ed Coward who was a State Trooper and the father of a classmate behind us in school, Joe Coward.  Sadly Joe passed away some years ago.

Great find, Barbara.  Thank you....and Thank Pioneer Village.

May 10, 2012 02:00 AM
#5
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

Mary, Bob doesn't know who was manager when the store moved to Race Street, but it couldn't have been these Byrd men.....they would have been too old then.  It might have been one of their children.   Bob says his dad was a manager when it was on Spring St. and manager when it moved to behind the courthouse. To me that means Bill Fuller was the manager AFTER the Byrd man.

May 10, 2012 09:05 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Mary and Anita, I'm glad we found this old photo.  I wish it didn't have the reflections.  I assume they were downtown until they moved to the present location?  I think  Dale VanPatten built the current building for Krogers and the VanPattens still own the building.

May 10, 2012 10:24 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Barbara, I did a little cosmetic touchup of the pic. The legs of Ed Coward look a little long but I didn't try to change them Also, I couldn't tell if the object lower center was a reflection or part of the picture.

Searcy Kroger Spring St

 

 I don't think I ever set foot in the Kroger store. Safeway was my grocery store of choice along with some mom and pop stores on West Race. Also there was the Park Avenue grocery Ludean and I were familiar with.

May 11, 2012 04:27 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, you are so clever!  The man does have long legs now!  Wonder what they did for parking downtown when they had so many grocery stores down there?

 

May 11, 2012 04:48 AM
Anonymous
Ludean Kidd

Yep, good ole Park Ave. Grocery, where everyone knew your name.  Sometimes that isn't so good.  When Jack's sister worked there, I went in for something and she asked me if I had called there and asked if they had Prince Albert in a can.  When she said they did have it, someone told them to let him out or he would die.  That someone wasn't me, as we didn't have a phone and I hadn't used anyone else's phone. 

May 11, 2012 04:51 AM
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Anonymous
Anita Fuller

Don didn't go to Kroger because he was loitering around Safeway, hoping to get a glimpse of Paula!  (or hoping she might get a glimpse of him)

I am in Springdale as I'm writing, will go to Crystal Bridges Museum in the morning, Barbara.

Bob remembers when the trucks came to re-stock the store:  like bread truck, produce truck, etc. they  would park out in the middle of the street and unload.  He says the meat truck always parked around the back of the store.  Sometimes the bus for the Rendezvous would park outside, therefore blocking the entire street,

Anita Fuller

May 11, 2012 05:52 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ludean, that's a funny old joke.  I don't remember hearing it but can't you imagine someone doing it and then howling with laughter.  Jokes then were less harmful than they are now.

Anita, have fun at the museum and be sure to go towntown.  Bob has a good memory regarding Kroger and downtown.  He didn't work at Krogers, did he?

May 11, 2012 09:54 AM
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

Bob didn't work at the Spring St. Kroger, he was too little.  He did work at the one behind the post office after he got old enough.

May 12, 2012 11:23 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ok, Anita, that answers another question.  Kroger did not move from Spring to Race but from Spring to "behind the post office."

May 12, 2012 11:37 PM
Anonymous
Wayne Johnston

Don't forget Save-a-lot use to be Krogers back in the 70's

May 18, 2012 10:31 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Wayne, I did not know that!  Where was it located?

May 18, 2012 11:51 AM
Anonymous
Jody Moore

Do you happen to have a photo of the gas station that Eason the corner across Main Street from the Methodist church? Possibly where the Dobbins building (Carter law office) is now?

May 17, 2015 02:11 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Judy Moore, try this link and see if it is the one you want.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/757301/pershing-highway-service-station-searcy-arkansas

May 17, 2015 03:05 AM