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Historic Thompson’s Store

The oldest grocery in the state, Thompson's Store has gourmet goods, a meat market, gifts and more. Read More Below

Founded in 1890, Thompson’s Store in downtown Saluda is the oldest grocery store in North Carolina. Thompson’s features gourmet goods, a full-service meat market that offers hand-cut meats including Thompson’s signature Charlie’s Sage Sausage, a deli section, fine wines and craft beers, fresh produce, frozen meals, candies and household staples.

Gift items at Thompson’s Store include souvenirs and official Coon Dog Day clothing and other merchandise.

Adjoining Thompson’s Store is Ward’s Grill where locals and vacationers have been coming for decades for breakfast and lunchtime diner fare in an authentic 1950s-style setting.