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Supermarket Row

Those of you who used to travel West Sullivan Street know that a major widening of this venerable artery is underway.  This echo of the path of the South Fork of the Holston River will become a grand boulevard to lead traffic down to where they’re hoping to get all that development going.
Anyway, my point in all this is that wall you can just see a bit of at the lower right hand corner.  That wall was on the boundary of the leveled parking lot for The Little Store Supermarket built here in 1952-53 (Grand Opening was January 15, 1953).  It was the second Little Store in Kingsport.  The first opened in 1939 at 311 East Sullivan Street (for years afterward that building was Brown’s Custom Shop).  Kermit Young started the first Little Store in Bristol in 1934.  He learned the business working at his father’s grocery operation in Johnson City.  Thank you, Kingsport Times-News, January 14, 1953.  Note: this building was razed in 2009.
From The Little Store to Oakwood Market, all on Canal Street: this was Supermarket Row.