When the Memphis Mercantile opened in 2010 on the south side of the Memphis square, fabric and gifts were the mainstays. Kitchenware was added later and became one of the key items offered by the general store. Then in 2016, owners Dean and Lora Jean Garman expanded, purchasing the neighboring appliance store and adding it under the Memphis Mercantile brand.
This week the local merchants took the next step, opening a new deli counter at the store and launching a new line of bulk foods and related grocery items that go hand-in-hand with the stores two mainstays.
“No matter what the product, it is always our goal to provide the community with high quality goods at a good price,” said Lora Jean.
That started more than seven years ago, when the Mercantile opened in the former Dollar General building, featuring a wide selection of gift items, craft materials, clothing, baby items, and much more.
Last year the family business expanded to begin offering appliance sales and service, featuring Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag and Speed Queen washers and dryers, refrigerators and cooking stoves.
The new deli counter, located in the rear half of the original Mercantile building, will offer a variety of sub- sandwiches and sides as well as cold drinks. A gluten-free menu will also be available. But it won’t simply be a lunch counter, as a variety of deli meats, including turkey, ham and bologna, as well as a large number of different cheeses will be available for customers to take home to their own refrigerators.
The Mercantile will be featuring a full-line of dairy products in the cooler section as well, with milk, eggs, sour cream, butter, and much more available.
Bakers and candy makers had already been frequenting the store of its wide selection of kitchenware, but they will now be able to choose from a large variety of bulk food items, spices, candies, pastas, gelatin and much, much more.
The new addition will coincide with expanded store hours. The Memphis Mercantile will now be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lora Jean said the expansion, is just that, taking advantage of available floor space at the store and will not reduce the inventory of toys, books, home decor, fabrics, crafting supplies and other items that make the Mercantile a true general store. She added that the inventory expansion will continue with lots of new items being added in the coming weeks and months.