Quality Grocery, located at the corner at Lane Street and Linden Avenue (the East most point of the Historic Oakwood neighborhood), is the oldest running grocery store in Wake County. The business was owned by Bobby and Faye Poole, who took over from her parents in the middle of the 20th century. Bobby Poole once told me the story of the folks who were the original owners of the shop. Apparently, they were both blind and the store continued to get robbed. For this reason, Wake County took joint ownership of the store, which was eventually sold to Faye Poole's family.
Quality Grocery was put up for sale over a year ago and was finally purchased from the Pooles in late 2011. The new owners are currently renovating the building, which will continue to serve as a small, yet updated, fresh grocery and grill for the Oakwood and Idlewild communities.
Over the weekend, the new owners stripped off a bunch of the old siding to reveal the painted ads that must date back to the mid 20th century as well. Just like Side Street Cafe down the street, this 'forgotten ad' adds a great layer to the store's history, although I'm not quite sure that phone number is applicable anymore (although when called, the phone number says Not in Service, which could mean it could start ringing again in the near future).
Quality Grocery's owners expect to open the new shop in the coming months. It's great to see small shops like this continue to serve their communities. There are a handful of these around the Downtown area that are either new or have existed for a long time. From one on Morgan Street, to Taz's, Brookside Market, Peace Street Market and Quality Grocery, there is a place in the almost every corner of downtown to get some chips and a drink or a six pack and a snack.
We'll have more on Quality Grocery as it gets time for them to open back up.