“We have a tremendous variety of food,” said Franklin. “Our meat and produce departments are exceptionally fresh.”
Franklin, who grew up in Lincoln County in Tennessee and now lives in Hokes Bluff, emphasizes that he’s proud to be a part of the Jacksonville community and to be associated with the store’s 40 employees.
Franklin and his wife, the former Donna Clark, have two children, April Ford and David Franklin. David works at the store as a stocker, his first job.
“I think the most important thing about our store is our employees,” said Franklin. “They’re super friendly and courteous. They want to serve our customers.”
Division 14 project manager Tammie Banks said she’s pleased with the store’s success. Priceless IGA is owned by Houchens Industry of Bowling Green, Ky.
“Our store manager has been great,” she said. “He’s been with us for 10 years. The sales have tripled from Sav-A-Lot’s, so it’s been a good thing for us, of course.”
Banks said it’s a “regular, conventional type grocery store and is a different concept from Sav-A-Lot. It’s a cost plus 10 percent -- the cost of transporting the goods to the store and pretty much the labor that it takes to put it on the shelf.”
Jonathan Woods is assistant manager, and Emily Pruitt receives vendors at the back door.
The store is located at 802 Pelham Rd., S. It’s opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. seven days a week.
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