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  • Alice Balkcom (1905 - 1996)
    ALICE SEWELL BALKCOM, 90, of Auburndale died Thursday at Integrated Health Services. A native of Dale County, Ala., she moved to this area in 1927. She owned Linder/Balkcom Grocery and was a member of ...
  • Ralph Otto Balkcom (1899 - 1972)
    AUBURNDALE - Ralph Otto Balkcom, 72, of Ariana Ave died Sunday. He was a native of Ozark, Ala., and had lived in Auburndale for the past 48 years. He was a retired grocer market owner and was a member ...
  • Col. Alfred Marmaduke Hobby, (CSA) (1836 - 1881)
    Alfred Marmaduke Hobby (1836 - February 5, 1881) was a famous Texas merchant, politician, Confederate officer, and poet. He was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1836, the son of Martin and Anna Elizabeth (Sl...
  • Marion Pressley Ormand (1944 - 2019)
    CHEROKEE, NC ~ Mr. Marion Pressley Ormand, age 75, passed away Monday, October 21, 2019 at his home. He was born on July 21, 1944 in Lancaster, SC a son of the late David Anderson Ormand and Edna Rober...
  • John Westley Parker (1821 - 1886)
    Children of JOHN PARKER and MARY ERVIN are: i. ABSALOM4 PARKER, b. July 12, 1818, Greenwood Twp. , Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; d. October 22, 1892, Claypool, Kosciusko, Indiana. ii. H...


Beginning as early as the 14th century, a grocer (or "purveyor") was a dealer in comestible dry goods such as spices, peppers, sugar, and (later) cocoa, tea and coffee. These items were bought in bulk, hence the term grocer from the French "grossier" meaning wholesaler, this term derived from Medieval Latin "grossarius" from which we also derive the word gross (meaning a quantity of twelve dozen, or 144).

As increasing numbers of staple foodstuffs became available in cans and other less-perishable packaging, the trade expanded its province. Today, grocers deal in a wide range of staple food-stuffs including such perishables as meats, produce and dairy products. Such goods are, hence, groceries.

In some countries such as the United States, grocery stores descended from trading posts, which sold not only food but clothing, household items, tools, furniture, and other miscellaneous merchandise. These trading posts evolved into larger retail businesses known as general stores. These facilities generally dealt only in "dry" goods such as flour, dry beans, baking soda, and canned foods. Perishable foods were instead obtained from specialty markets; Fresh meat was obtained from a butcher, milk from a local dairy, eggs and vegetables were either produced by families themselves, bartered for with neighbours, or purchased at a farmers' market or a local greengrocer.

Many rural areas still contain general stores that sell goods ranging from cigars to imported napkins. Traditionally, general stores have offered credit to their customers, a system of payment that works on trust rather than modern credit cards. This allowed farm families to buy staples until their harvest could be sold.


Worshipful Company of Grocers

The Worshipful Company of Grocers is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London and ranks second in order of precedence.

Established in 1345, the Grocers comprise one of London's Great Twelve City Livery Companies.