Thursday, January 10, 2008
Grocerying in Sandersville, Georgia
Sandersville, Georgia is a charming small town that lies on the Fall Line Freeway, midway between Augusta and Macon. Its economy is based on Kaolinite and the town has seen many changes over the past few years - especially on the grocerying scene. Once home to grocers such as Food Lion, Bi-Lo, A&P, Winn-Dixie, FoodMax/Bruno's, these grocers have dwindled and left due to the presence of a 200,000+ square foot Super Wal-mart Center. And the truth of the matter is that it is hard to sustain a general grocer when you have a Wal-Mart Supercenter in a town of 6,000. Additionally, the town has been losing population which hasn't helped in bringing in a quality grocery store. Nearby Milledgeville has Piggly Wiggly and Kroger. Sandersville has Harvey's, which is comparable to a low-end Food Lion (Harvey's is a subsidiary of Delhaize Group - parent company of Food Lion). The town also has an IGA+, but as we saw the produce and organization inside the store was less than stellar. Harvey's wasn't much better, they had expired food on their shelves.... The former FoodMax store is still vacant with a lease sign from The Temples Group.
(Also photoed: Pizza Hut closed for "remodel," Kaolin Plaza/signs, Interior of Harvey's and IGA+).