Attached are two photos from the last night of Super Foods at its original location in the Tallassee Shopping Center. Picture 46 is an empty aisle. Picture 53 is David, Linda, and Gene Lawrence locking the door to the original store for the very last time at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013.
The manager on duty for the last night of operation was Dot Ballard. Two crews were at work: one at the old store clearing the shelves and moving equipment, supervised by Hollis Mann; and one at the new store stocking and getting everything ready for opening day, supervised by Craig Webster.
According to Linda Watson Lawrence, her father opened the Big Bear store in Tallassee on August 5, 1967 as part of the Hudson-Thompson grocery company. Within the first year, he owned the store as an independent grocer. Gene Lawrence was among the original employees, married Linda later on, and eventually owned the business.