SPEEDWAY — A general store, with a large variety of items raging from groceries to hardware to animal feed and personal service and knowledge, is often thought to be an anachronism, replaced by the large super stores such as Wal-Mart. No one told that to Jim Cecil, owner of Pipestem One-Stop on Route 20 north of Athens.
Cecil said on Monday, “We offer all of your grocery needs, a small hardware section, feed for livestock and a full restaurant area, among other needs.
He added, “We put a lot of hours into the business, but it’s worth it. You meet a lot of good people who you could be friends with as your customers.”
The restaurant, Cecil added, serves a full variety of menu items, plus daily dinner specials. Seating is offered both inside and outside of the restaurant and take out orders are available.
Asked what he likes best about the business, Cecil reiterated that meeting and befriending his customers was the best part of being in business.
“We’re open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,” he said.
The store, which opened Sept. 16, employs four people. It is located at the former location of Sun Valley Country Store/Granny G’s.
Cecil concluded by saying, “We appreciate everybody who has come and seen us and given us to opportunity to win them over as customers.”
The phone number is 304-384-8150.
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