As a Quarryville Realtor, I am a loyal customer of "Fergie's". I thought I might share a bit of their history and philosophy. A philosophy that I think makes them a great place to do business with.
It was 1916, the year that E. E. Ferguson and George W. Hassler, Sr. opened a business that still remains a focal point in the southern end of Lancaster County today.
Ferguson and Hassler's, or "Fergie's as it is more familiarly known, has evolved over the years into a large supermarket, but is still under the ownership of one of the original families. When Ferguson and Hassler first opened their general store on Quarryville's State Street, their merchandise included hardware, clothing, shoes, furniture, appliances, fabrics and sewing supplies, as well as other items, in addition to groceries. The building was located on the site of the present SGMC Radio Shack store.
There were far fewer groceries in the earlier days of the store. The only meats available at F and H then were dried or smoked. There were few canned vegetables and fruits and no produce. Many of the items sold came into the store in barrels, including molasses, vinegar, sugar and oatmeal. Coffee was custom ground in the store for patrons. Every item was weighed or plucked from the shelves behind the counter by the sales help. The walls were lined with shelves containing the cans and boxes of food available at the time. Items on the top shelves were accessed by a tall stick with a clamp on top known as a "helper" or "ladies aid."
The F and H store remained at the State Street location for 61 years but continued to grow during that time with the purchase of adjoining buildings.
In 1939, Wink and Bill Ferguson, E. E. Ferguson's son, opened the first self-service store in Quarryville at the intersection of Routes 472 and 372, supplementing the existing F and H. It was 100 percent self service, that was the first they sold fresh produce. Both men were called to serve in the Second World War and the store closed. After the war the self service facility moved to the site currently occupied by the Dollar General store on State Street and fresh meats were added to the groceries.
By 1977 a growing community required many more products creating the need for more space. This led to the construction of a new store on Fourth Street at Route 372. 11 years later, continued growth sparked the need to build a new, even larger supermarket. This expansion took place when Towns Edge Shopping Village was constructed. The center, opened in 1988, included a 45,000-square-foot supermarket, now almost exclusively groceries, nearly doubling the size of the previous store. In 1997 another expansion took place enlarging the store to 53,000 square feet.
From the time E. E. Ferguson and George W. Hassler, Sr. opened the store in 1916 until today the store has remained a family business. In 2000 Wink and George II retired and sold the business, including the shopping center to their three sons. "A family business is a difficult, time consuming thing," George II said. One son commented "It becomes your whole life. There is still one of us on the premises at all times. If there are any questions, comments or problems, we are easy to get hold of."
F and H today employs 174 people, many of who are long-time employees. The owners are committed to the community and to providing a quality supermarket for residents of the southern end of Lancaster County.
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2421 Willow Street Pike
Willow Street, PA 17584
717 464-1200 OFFICE
717 715-6288 MOBILE
717 786-7967 HOME
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