PRINCETON — The tradition of having a community grocery store returned to the Oakvale-Elgood-Cheesy Creek area in February with the opening of Edwards Grocery on Goodwin’s Chapel Road.

Co-owner Amy Edwards said that the Oakvale-Elgood-Cheesy Creek lacked a local grocery store within short driving distance since M & M Grocery, at the same location, closed until Edwards opened up on February 23.

“We didn’t have a store like this in driving distance closer than Wal-Mart and the Exxon store in Glen Lyn, Va. since M & M Grocery closed after 17 years of business. That’s why we opened this store,” she said.

The store offers convenience store staples such as canned goods, bread, pop, and milk, along with necessities such as toilet paper and paper towels, she said. In addition, it sells tobacco products and bags of ice.

“We offer hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, cheese fries, chili cheese fries, chicken tenders, nuggets, mozzarella cheese sticks and barbecue. We serve breakfast and sandwiches such as grilled ham and cheese,baloney, grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids,” she said.

Edwards added that, on Wednesday, the special is beans, cornbread and fried potatoes.

Asked what it’s like to run a small store, she replied, “It’s a good experience. I had never run a store before. By experience, I’m in physical therapy as a rehab tech. We have our good days and our slow days. I love seeing our customers from the local community, and they know that we’re here if they need to pick up a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk without having to go to Princeton or Glen Lyn. It’s something my husband and I always wanted to do for a number of years”

She added that there is a group of regular customers who come in on Monday and Thursday morning to eat breakfast, drink coffee and chat.

The family-operated business.is open Monday through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The phone number is 304-920-0259. The store also has a Facebook page.

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