Memory Lane: Lovett’s Grocery
When I mentioned a Winn & Lovett grocery store in my 1950s-era novel Eulalie and Washerwoman, I was walking down memory lane to the name displayed on many grocery stories in the Florida Panhandle when I was in grade school. The stores, which were also branded as Lovett’s, could be found in many southern towns.
The current name, Winn-Dixie, came about when Winn & Lovett acquired Dixie Home Stores out of Greenville, South Carolina, in 1955. The company dominated the Southern grocery scene until Publix and Walmart appeared and began stealing away its customers.
I like shopping at Publix and detest shopping at Walmart, but along with A&P, I still miss the Winn-Dixie chain as it was in its heyday.