BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - A historic grocery store in the Lowcountry is getting ready to close its doors for the last time. Pruitt's Grocery has been serving the Beaufort Community for almost a century.
Customers shopping on Saturday said it's a sad day in Beaufort. Many of them walked into the store for the very last time. “It's a hurtful feeling because he's been here for a long time,” Sonja Highe said. “My grandmother used to send us here to get our lunch meat.”
“I've been coming to this store here for the past 30 something years and every time I walk into this store, it brings back memories,” Sammy Deloach told WTOC.
For 95 years, James Pruitt's family has been providing household staples from lunch meat to cleaning supplies to folks in Beaufort. He says the time has come to close the doors.
“I'm getting to where I can't walk and my balance is bad,” Pruitt said. “When you get where you can't go, you have to give it up sometimes.”
He said he's going to miss seeing his customers everyday and he's thankful the community has supported his family for so long. “I knew a lot of people and I've got to know a lot of people while running this store and everybody was good,” he said. “I appreciate everything. “
The store may be closing, but some customers are glad they aren't losing the man who's kept so many families happy for decades. “He's like one of the family,” Highe said. “As a matter of fact, he is family. Everybody's going to miss him.”
“I'm going to miss him,” Deloach said. “His health is beginning to fade. He can't stand like he used to but I'll be coming by to see him from time to time.”
Pruitt said his last day will be next week.