In 1939 there were 85 grocers listed in Ardmore. In 1941 the number had dropped to around 80. A lot of corner grocery stores have ceased to exist over the years. As you read over the stores listed below, if you think of any that's not on the list, please let me know. Over the weeks and months ahead, I hope to compile an accurate list of little corner grocery stores that no longer exist. Any help is appreciated. Also I hope to include little grocery stores that were scattered throughout Carter county.
Ardmore, Oklahoma Grocers
A&P Grocery. (Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company) 230 and 232 West Main in SE corner of West Main and C Street. 1940
Alexander's Grocery and Trailer Park, Highway 77 south
Baber's Grocery, south across 5th from Washington School. 1930s
Bartgis Grocery. 691 12th Street NW at Wolverton and 11th NW. Started before 1950 by George Bartgis.
Bays Grocery. 821 11th SE at 11th and Carter SE. Arthur Bays. 1949. Around 1960 it became Keeton Grocery.
Boyd's Grocery. 220 Lake Murray Drive at Lake Murray Drive and C Street SE. 1967. Bill Boyd. Also a store at 720 West Broadway.
10/03/10 "Hey Butch - just a small "correction" on the grocery stores list. There are two listing for my dad's grocery stores - listed as "Boyd's Grocery" with the Lake Murray Drive location & Broadway. They were originally called Boyd's Pak-a-Sak (not just "Boyd's) - and there is/was also one on Washington - don't remember address, but it's on east side of road and my dad sold it to Jerrell Allen (oops can't remember for SURE his last name or correct spelling of 1st name) eventually, but he still called it "Pak-a-Sak."
There were a total of 3 locations - originally Boyd's Pak-a-Sak . . . have some pictures SOMEWHERE - if ever find them will scan & send to you." -Pam Boyd Barry
Another Boyd's Grocery was located on the south side of East Main and E Street during the 30s.
Boy's Food Store. 1330 Sam Noble Parkway, Farris Richards. Photo
Brook's Grocery. 125 7th Street NE at 7th and B Street NE. Homer and Lillian Brooks. 1960
Burchfield's Grocery. 735 11th NW. Later moved to 217 McCullough S.W.
Butler Grocery was on the corner of 9th and A NW.
Chowning Grocery. 834 3rd NE. Andrew and Eliz Chowning. Started around 1930. Later became Hickman's Laundromat and then later Hickman's Grocery.
Coe's Grocery. 519 Douglas SE. Clint "Bud" Coe. 1960
Corner Grocery. "It was located at 2nd Ave. and H Street N.W. in Ardmore. It was first operated by Thurman and Lois Loughridge, and later by Clyde and Cordelia Leeper." -Sam Williams, Denton Texas
Couch Grocery, 6th and E Street NW.
Cox Grocery. 701 6th Street NE in the NE corner of 6th and G Street NE. Houston Cox was the second owner. Basil Moran was the original propietor. Basil sold later to Houston Cox.
Davis Grocery. 207 C Street NW. J. W. Davis. 1898-1961
Photo 1 is inside the original Davis Grocery in the 200 block of East main.
Photo 2 is the 213 C NW store with the three owners, L to R: J. W. Davis, George Davis, son, and Warren Davis, son. It was replaced with a new building at 207 C NW in the early 50's.
Photo 3 is the new Davis Grocery at 207 C NW.
Photo 4 is employees L to R: George W. Davis, 2 part time employees: Esley Brown and Jess Reed, George Bradley, Warren Davis, George S. Davis, and J. W. Davis.
-photos were submitted by George W. Davis
Davis Grocery. 619 3rd NE. Ran by Mr. Ed Davis and his twin daughters, Eddie Lou and Betty Sue and his wife in the 1930s and 1940s. The store was later Sperry Grocery, Fred Sperry around 1960.
Darnell's Grocery and Station, 3rd and P Street NE.
Joe's IGA. 501 12th Street NW. NW Corner of 12th and E Street NW. Elton Dragg. 1950 and 1960
Elles Grocery. 718 B Street NW. Eddie Elles. 1960. Here is a 1997 photo of Elles grocery. Ellis Grocery was originally the location of Martin's Grocery. Martins lived on the corner of 7th & B NW, Grandson named Baron Goodfellow. Before Elles Grocery it was Shannon's Grocery.
Ezy-Way Grocery. 201 South Washington across to the south from Colvert's Dairy. Started around 1950. In 1960 this building was occupied by Chickasaw Regional Library System. Today Ardmore Animal Supply is located there. Also an Ezy-Way Corp grocery store at 1024 12th Street NW.
Flannery's grocery store on west Mclish SW where the Frame shop is located. 1942
Ford's Grocery. 702 Lake Murray Drive at F Street SE. Brownie Ford. 1960
Fraser's Grocery Store, E and East Main. (Fraser's slaughter house and meat in back.) Mack Frazier.
Foodway was located at 5th and South Washington across the street from present day Ernie's Meat Market. Sam West worked in the meat market around 1965. Sam would later hold the office of Carter county assessor.
10/08/12 "I grew up about two blocks west from the above grocery store. It was the neighborhood grocery that our family frequented each week. I recall the name was "Pratts" during the early to mid 60's, and sooner thereafter was renamed "FoodWorld". I also fondly recall Mr. J.B. Harper, our next door neighbor, who was the butcher in the meat department at the back of the store. He was a lifelong bachelor with a friendly disposition and fan of OU football. He was the first person in our neighborhood to afford color television. This was quite an attraction to a young boy like me and my dad." -Larry Walck AHS class of '72
Goodin Grocery. 1203 6th NE at 6th and M Street NE. Clara May Goodin. 1960
Greenfront Grocery. 200 block West Main
Hammer's Grocery. 908 C Street SW. Loren Hammer. Was originally at 301 11th NE in 1939
Harrison Grocery. 1500 3rd NE at 3rd NE and P Street. James F. Harrison. 1960.
Hart's Grocery. 1424 3rd NE. SW corner of 3rd and P Street NE. 1941. Clarence Hart. They later sold parakeets at the business. Harts later moved the store into 1500 3rd NE which around 1960 and became as Harrison Grocery.
Heartsill Grocery. 412 C Street SW at C Street and 5th SW. Hobart and Sadye Heartsill. Around 1951. Heartsills lived next door to store at 410 C Street SW. Previously Kerner Grocery.
"There was Hicks Grocery on the SW corner of C" St. & 7th Ave NW. in the 1930's. Later sold to ? Name escapes me but they lived the second house north of intersection on C Street." -Jim Renfro
Hickman's Grocery. 834 3rd NE. Jess Hickman. 1960.
Hilltop Grocery (now EZ Shop). 901 Wallace Street. Bob Farrington, owner 1965
Hodges' Candy and Novelty Store. 410 4th SE across from Jefferson School at 4th and E Street SE. Stanley M. Hodges Sr. 1960
Holmes Grocery, 11th and A Street NW.
Hornbeak Grocery. 816 Roff NE near Roff and H Street NE. Luther Hornbeak. 1960
"Howard's Grocery Store on E Street N.W. and 6th. Gene and Georgia Howard were the owners and sold out in about 59 or 60. Both the Howard's have pass on." -Virginia
Howell's Grocery. Located in Broadlawn Shopping Center was owned by Pat and Marnell Howell, and Don & Betty Howell. Started about 1954-55.
Humpty-Dumpty Grocery. G Street and West Broadway.
Hunt's Food Mart. 726 3rd NE at 3rd and H Street NE. Herman O. Hunt. In 1941 it as W. L. Cast Grocery. Before that starting about 1935 it was Tanner and Davis Grocery. Charles B. Tanner.
Keeton Grocery. 821 11th SE at 11th and Carter SE. Around 1960. V.K. Keeton. Store was owned by Arthur Bays originally. Keeton moved to 9th and Lake Murray Drive later.
Keeton Grocery. "I just always knew it as Chuck & Louise Keeton's store. It was located on the SW corner of 6th street and Lake Murray Drive, directly across from Hardy Murphy Coliseum. It was a small one main room with a side room where he put feed and pops. Dad paid his bill twice a month when he received his check. I feel sure it was there for at least 50 years or more. Chuck's brother that we knew as Lem Keeton had his store on the corner of 9th street and Lake Murray Drive but I don't how long it was there. You sure bring back some wonderful old memories. Thanks so much." -Letha Blevins Fair
Keith's Grocery. Small rock building on 12th N.W. near Harris Street.
Kerner Grocery. 5th and C SW. Would later be Heartsill Grocery. Around 1920.
Key's Grocery. Caddo and East Broadway.
Whitney Grocery. "Butch I remember a store from the late 20s and early 30s that are not on your list. One was on the corner of 2nd and H Street NW ran by a man by the name of Whitney. We lived a block north of there when I was growing up." -Troy Seedig
Lamb's Grocery. 1121 E Street NW in the SW corner of E and 12th NW. The grocery was orignally started around 1935 at 519 5th SE (Lake Murray Drive) by Walter G. Lamb and his wife Nannie. In 1949 it was Crews and Lamb Grocery. John Crews and W. Don Lamb located at 1121 E Street NW
Lewis Grocery. Started at 118 L SW around 1945 by James T. Lewis. Address would later become 118 South Commerce. Continued until the 1960s by Jimmy F. Lewis.
Luke's IGA. 105 South Commerce where Blockbuster is now located. Mr and Mrs Luke would later move their store to the south end the Ardmore Mall at North Commerce and Grand Avenue.
Mac's Minit Mart. 1024 12th NW (Citizen Bank now located). Delbert McGuire. 1966.
Minter's Grocery store on the grocery store list. Clyde Minter, owner. It did burn a long time. It was on the NE corner of Hwy 70 and Plainview Road. Across the street/hwy from the car lots. I there's a car wash there now.
McElreath Grocery. E.D McElreath. SE corner of North Washington and 2nd.
Moore's Grocery. 501 6th Street NW across from Franklin School. Dorn Moore. Started about 1955.
Moran Grocery. J. J. Moran. 540 12th NW. 1946.
Moran Grocery. 701 6th NE. 6th and G NE. Basil Moran owner. Houston Cox would later be the owner. The store when it was wood. And here is the store rebuilt as a brick grocery store with Basil Moran standing in the picture.
Pak-A-Sack on Lake Murray drive and C Street SE now C Street Exchange pawn shop
Parker's Grocery. 827 5th NE in the NW corner of 5th and I Street NE. Carl Parker. 1960
Payne's Grocery. 927 C Street SE. Wayne Payne. 1967. Previously Trotter's Grocery
Pittman Grocery. 1123 4th NE. 1960
Pratts Grocery. 114 A Street NE (Caddo) and 815 West Broadway. 1940
Pruitt's Grocery and Service Station, 9th and A Street NE.
Pugh's Grocery and Feed, Caddo and Broadway, 1930s to 1960s
Sewell's Grocery. At 8th and G NE. It was called Cecil Sewell's Grocery and later Leonard Ellis Grocery.
Shannon's Grocery 718 B NW, also Martin's Grocery, would later become Elles Grocery
Short Stop Food Mart. 1024 12th NW. Ray Hammer, Mgr. 1961. Before 1961 it was Ezy-Way. 1957
Sperry Grocery. 623 6th NE at 6th and G Street NE. Paul Sperry. 1941. This store was across the street west from Cox Grocery. Paul and Fred Sperry were uncles of present day Bob Sperry of Ardmore, father of DA Mitch Sperry.
Sperry Grocery. 619 3rd NE between F and G Streets. Fred Sperry. 1960
Sperry Grocery. 621 C Street NW the SW corner of C Street and 7th NW. Paul Sperry.
Staples Grocery. "My grandfather Lewis Porter Staples ran a grocery and market before the streets in Ardmore were even paved. I have a picture with several people in it in front of the market. I would assume it was located on Main Street. I do not know the name but if anyone could fill in some of the blanks it would be greatly appreciated. And of course with the information I would like to add it to the grocery store list." -Ron Staples
Sunshine Grocery Store. 1401 A Street NE. E.S. and Jesse L Williams. 1941
Taylor Foods. 1023 A NE, SW corner of A Street NE and 11th. 1941. Original building destroyed by fire in the 1960s.
Tipps Boys Grocery. 701 6th NE at 6th and G Street NE. Around 1965. Cox's Automatic Laundry was next door at 703 in 1965.
Thompson's Grocery was located at Q and McLish SW back in the 70s.
Tipps Grocery store, Lake Murray Drive, 700 block and H Street SE across from the old A&W root beer stand. Owned by Tom and Irene Tipps
Trotters Family Store. corner of 'C' street SE & 10th Ave. 1945 until somewhere near or after 1960.
Sooner Food. 1213 North Washington at 12th and North Washington.
Vanderburg Grocery. 903 7th NE. Floyd Vanderburg Jr. Started around 1955. Around 1975 he moved it to 213 A Street NE.
Vann's Grocery, 3rd and A Street NE. 1930s
Wade Grocery. 501 12th NW. Walter Wade. 1946
Wigg's Wag-A-bag at Lake Murray Drive and D SE. Owned by Wigg Yeats
Williams Grocery was located on the south side of East Main and E Street during the 30s.
Wilson Grocery. 423 K Street NE in the SW corner of K Street and 5th NE. Charles Wilson ran this store out of the front of his house. 1949 and 1950
Zellner & Stevens Grocery. "When I was growing up out on West Main, there was a store that we traded at for many years. It was: Zellner & Stevens Grocery McLish & Q Street in SW Ardmore. It operated in the 30s and 40s and was owned by Roy Zellner and Bud Stevens. As was the case for many in those days, we charged our groceries, and since our dad worked in the county courthouse, he was paid only monthly. Therefore our grocery bill was paid monthly. The high point of this day was that Mr. Zellner or Stevens would give our dad a large bag of fruit when he paid the bill, and needless to say with a bunch of kids, that was an anticipated treat." -Virgil Harris
Carter County Grocers
Beatty Grocery. Ran by Homer Beatty at the SW corner crossroad of Oil City and Dillard road." -Troy Seedig
Shug West Grocery was located about five miles east of Ardmore on Highway 199. The original was built in 1945 just after WWII. The second which still stands, but not too much longer was built in the mid-1950s. The original store building still stands near 9th and E Street SE as a storage building.
Note: The old Shug West Grocery was demolished to make way for the widening of Highway 199 on January 12, 2009.
10/16/08 "Red Everett's Grocery Store it was located on Hoxbar Route, which is now Sandy Creek Rd south of Ardmore. Still in Carter county of course. Sandy creek does continue east to the Marshall County line...my parents acreage was just west of the grocery store. The store had everything you could imagine...a gas pump, kerosene pump (inside the store) groceries of course, ice cream and candy, a feed room was on the east side of the store and where a few of us would wait out of the cold weather for the Dickson school bus . On the west side of the store was another connecting building that held all the extra bottles of soda pop...Mr Everett had a big old white dog named Shep that slept on the front porch and had an egg for breakfast every morning with Mr Everett." -Sharon Jones
Arnold's General Store operated from 1953-1969 and I remember it being on 77, west side, right in Springer. This link is an announcement of the Arnold's 50th wedding anniversary with a little info on the store. http://www.ardmoreite.com/stories/091502/scr_arnold.shtml
Walker Grocery at the Y north of Healdton
Walt's Quick Check, Highway South, Healdton. 1970s to mid 1980s
Bray's Grocery, Main Street, Healdton
Couch Grocery, Main and 4th Street, Healdton, Oklahoma. Horace and Ina Pearl Couch, 1945
Prater Grocery, on Texas Street one block north of Sunset Grade School, Healdton, Oklahoma
Jim Teel's Grocery, Healdton, Oklahoma
C & W Grocery on Highway 76 on west side of Healdton during the '40s. It was owned by Clay and Wayne Golson
Emmitt Gauntt's Grocery, Healdton, Oklahoma
Hammett's in Lone Grove ran by Ned Hammett
Healdton's Hopkins Grocery sold out to Jim Teel and Hall's Grocery which was next to the Wacker's 5 and 10 cent store on Main.
Hyde's Grocery, west of Lone Grove before the Bayou on the north side of Highway 70, ran by Jess Hyde. (The front porch had a hole in the floor and a great thrill for us kids was when Mr. Hyde would ask us to "empty out the lids." This meant that we got to take the pop bottle lids from the front of the pop box and dump the lids down into that hole in the porch. There's no telling how many lids were under there. We were easily entertained in those days.)
Shorty Claxton's, Healdton, Oklahoma
Phipp's in Fox, ran by Jess Phipps
Pratt's Grocery, Healdton, Oklahoma
Riesner's Grocery in Lone Grove, ran by Lawrence Riesner
Roach Grocery. "Lone Grove area. NW corner of Prairie Valley road and Newport road. This was run by an elderly couple by the name of Roach. I was taught to call them by Grandpa and Grandma by my parents. Remember the red soda pops which I always knew I would get when visiting the store." -Try Seedig
Northside Grocery, Healdton, Oklahoma
Hill's Grocery, 5th Street, Healdton, Oklahoma. 1930s 1940s
Gertie Morgan's Cash Grocery, Highway north of town, Healdton, Oklahoma. 1930s 1940s
Shorty "Nolegs" Gibson Grocery, 5th and Gilmore, Healdton, Oklahoma. 1930s 1940s
Lee's Grocery, Wilson, Oklahoma
Satterwhite Grocery at Woodford, Oklahoma. It was owned by Ray and Florence Satterwhite from 1958 to December 6, 1990.
08/25/10 Joel Satterwhite sent in a picture of Ray Satterwhite and his side kick, Holly, inside the grocery store at Woodford when it existed. In the photo you will see lots of ball caps hanging all over the room. These were not for sale at any price Joel said. The hats were given to Ray through the years by his customers and he put them on display in the Satterwhite store. Photo
Pratt's Grocery. "Butch, there was also Pratt's Grocery store in Wilson, located on the south side of Main Street, down the block, west of the Bank of Wilson. I worked there in high school." -Ken Barrett
Steele's Grocery, Main street, Wilson, Oklahoma
Theo Knight Store, 3 mile west of Milo at Highway 53 and Pooleville Road. 1935
Wooldridge's in Graham and in Ratliff City, ran by brothers. Robert had the more successful store in Ratliff and I believe his brother's name was John who had the Graham store.
Jones Grocery, Rexroat, Oklahoma. Mary Wilson of Lone Grove, Oklahoma parents, George and Margaret Jones, owned the store. Rexroat was 3 miles north of Highway 70 on Dillard Road and 1 mile east. The Jones' Grocer was across the street from the Rexroat School at that location. 1953 photo.
09/25/2006 "Butch, When I was a grade schooler at Fox in the 1940s, there was a family named Thomas who had a grocery at Ratliff City. Later they moved it to Pruitt City. I don't remember the names of the adults but they had kids named Ruthie, Doyle, James (who was an excellent boxer/athlete at Fox) and one or two other kids. The old Thomas Grocery building is still standing at Pruitt, on the west side of Hwy 76. There were two other groceries, both in Wilson. There was a Brimer Grocery, owned and operated by Sam Brimer, and a Super C Grocery (ownership unknown)." -Jim Bramlett
Trent Grocery. Stanley and Velma Trent's grocery and Post Office in Brock. Stanley was also preacher at the Baptist church next door. It closed around 1953(?).
North of Springer at Highway 77 and Highway 53 West in the SW corner of that intersection was a grocery store. One of the owners was Jearl Meeks. Maybe someone remembers the original name and owners?
Love County Grocers
09/20/10 "IN 1964 T0 1968, MY FATHER, CLAUDE J. BONE OWNED THE GROCERY STORE AT MAIN & HWY 77, ON THE WEST SIDE OF HWY. 77 IN MARIETTA, OK. THE NAME OF THE STORE WAS "77-32 GROCERY STORE". ALSO IN THE 40'S & 50'S THERE WAS A STORE IN BURNEYVILLE, OK, OWNED & OPERATED BY BEN SCOTT, IT WAS LATER SOLD TO BEN ROACH. FRANK HULL OWNED & OPERATED A STORE IN JIMTOWN FOR MANY YEARS." -P. L. HALL
09/15/10 In Marietta, I remember a few grocery stores. Lispscombís Grocery was on the NW corner of Hwy 77 and the exit from I-35 into Marietta. Stevenís Grocery was on Main St. as was Humpty Dumpty and Pratt's. Also Armstrongís Grocery on Main. Colstonís was across from the old Marietta school on the East side of town. Waldenís was also on Main Street. B&G was on the NW corner of the main intersection on Main. Laneyís was on Hwy 77 and it is still in operation by another name. There was one across the street that was owned by a Mr. Riggs for awhile and later by Elizabeth Eggbert. My uncle had one next to the Masonic Lodge, Thompsonís. I believe that Mr. Martin and then McMeans had the grocery store in Loves Valley. Mr. Banks had a store in Belleville in western Love Co.. Langstonís had one in Thackerville. Testermanís had one in Greenville, later owned by Goldsmith. There was one in Shady Dale and I canít remember who owned that one. I am sure that I will think of others as soon as I send this." -Frances Dunlap
"Butch, Thought I would add another Love County grocery store to your list. My great Uncle and Aunt, Dick and Lona Fuller, owned Fullerís Grocery on Highway 77 just south of the intersection of Highway 32, where the two highways are the same for a couple of blocks. The store was located on the west side of the road. The building is still there. It has been a carpet store and a video store. I donít know what it is right now. I remember that even though they owned a large two story home and land about a half a mile north of the store, which by the way the house is still there and occupied, they lived in the back of the store. I would love to hear of any memories that others may have of them and their store. Ironically, Lona is my blood relative, she was a Bridges (perhaps we are kin) and Uncle Dick Fuller, as far as we know, was not connected to my Fuller lineage." -Dwain Fuller
"Butch, there was a grocery on west of the Page Grocery on Oswalt Road (Love County) across from Boone's Propane. It was called Montgomery's Grocery. I had my first Dr Pepper there about 70 years ago."
One at Overbrook. It was also a post office
Ambert and Thelma Page store on the corner of Oswalt Road and the road going north to Marsden
Jesse Testerman's Grocery, across from Greenville, Oklahoma school. 1940
Murray County Grocers
Miller Grocery, Bob Miller, halfway between Davis and Sulphur. 1930s
To add a grocery store to the list contact:
Butch Bridges butchbridges@OklahomaHistory.net