Payne’s Grocery Store has served the little town of Caddo Mills for the last eighty years. A new store was built in 1986 on the main highway between the Lighthouse Assembly and B&L Metal. Rowdy Payne has owned and operated the store for the last twenty-two years.
Rowdy told me that everything is for sale if the price is right. It may take two or three years to sell Payne’s Grocery but the store is not closing. Many people depend on a local grocery like Payne’s. A trip to Greenville is a 25-mile round trip just to buy groceries. Rowdy went on to say the trend for small country markets is to fold if they cannot compete with the COSTCOs, Sam’s Clubs, CVS, General Dollar, ALDI or even Dollar Tree. The problem with the “big box” stores is that you have to pay a membership fee or surcharge then you have to buy more than you can possibly use before the shelf life starts to expire.
Payne’s offers local shoppers fresh meat cut fresh daily (except Wednesday). Some of the prices at Payne’s may beat the new ALDI Store in Greenville. Rowdy emphasized that we are not closing and pricing is competitive.