Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Family legacy continues at Cross store
Wright’s Grocery of Cross has a distinguished history of service that continues to this day.
Solomon and Irene Glover Wright were life-changing pioneers in Berkeley County, prior to the Great Depression. As proprietors of Wright’s Grocery, established in their home in 1926, this dynamic husband and wife duo not only met the growing need to provide groceries to families in their small, rural community, but also modeled and imparted a rich heritage for future generations to champion hope, economic development and sustainability in both business and family.
From the inception of Wright’s Grocery in Pineville, Mrs. Wright assisted her visually impaired husband with the daily operations of their home-based business. In late 1931, Wright’s Grocery relocated to Irving (a former island near what is currently known as Spier’s landing).
In 1942, after a catastrophic flood, Wright’s Grocery moved a third time, to Highway Number Six on a 36-acre tract of land.
Elijah Wright, eldest son of the late Solomon and Irene Wright, was born Aug. 30, 1931 in Berkeley County. He graduated from Burke High School and furthered his education through his employment with the Charleston Air Force Base. He was united in holy wedlock on May 14, 1960 to Dorothy Evelyn Thomas of Cheraw. To their union, Thomas and Darlene were born.
In 1977, Mr. Wright built the first free-standing Wright’s Grocery store, adjacent to the family home. After a devastating store fire in 1992, the community rallied behind the Wright family with overwhelming support to help rebuild the store. The present location of Wright’s Grocery proudly reopened in 1998 and continues to serve as a long-standing community cornerstone in Cross.
In keeping with the notable Wright family tradition of entrepreneurship, Mr. Wright managed his family’s grocery store for more than 25 years where he untiringly served as owner and operator until he passed away after a brief illness on Sept. 16, 2012.
Today, Darlene Wright, the daughter of Dorothy Wright and the late Elijah Wright, proudly continues to serve her family’s transcending legacy and the Cross community and surrounding areas as the new manager of Wright’s Grocery.
Effective Oct. 1, 2012, the new hours of operation of Wright’s Grocery became: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 7 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Get Well Wishes
Viola Middleton, Ruth Williams, Emily Jones, Vanilla Thompson, Lucille Edwards, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Annie Wiggins, Lamont Halback, Louise King, Loretta White, Annie Graves, Deloris Montgomery, Dr. Hattie Martin, Noel Smalls, Margie Prioleau, Dorothy Williams, Rufus Smalls, Annie L. Williams, Cousin Alice, Julia Jenkins, Victoria Middleton, Naomi Fashion, Monica Booker, Betty Ravenell, Barbara Manigault, Hazel Crawford, Rufus Smalls, Dorothy Williams, and all others that are under the weather, shut-in, hospitalized or in need of care and attention.
We continue to keep them in prayer and in our good wishes for total recovery of health.
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