The Greenwood Supermarket and Deli went up in flames Tuesday night. Firefighters responded to the call shortly before 9 p.m. and battled until the wee hours of the morning Wednesday. The news of the fire traveled throughout the area within a very short time that the metal and brick structure everyone loved to visit in Greenwood was in trouble.
As firefighters from neighboring towns battled the blaze, locals gathered in disbelief that ‘their store’ was in danger of being demolished by fire. A young girl arrived, parked in the adjacent parking lot and stood with tears streaming down, “I can’t believe this, how much more can our town endure. This store had the nicest people ever and they are like family to everyone here. I don’t know what the people here will do. It was so close and had everything we needed.” Once the news made it to social media, it was flooded with thoughts, prayers and disbelief that ‘their store’ was gone.
Amanda Harkrider, “Oh no, this makes me sad,” was followed by “I hate it so bad,” from Spring Richardson Southwell. “Heartbreaking,” “So sad, breaks my heart,” “I hate to hear this. So many in this area depend upon this store.” The comments went on and on but all conveyed what a loss it was to the community that depended so heavily on the store.
Owner Bill Smith knew what the town of Greenwood wanted and needed when he opened the market. He provided fresh meat, good service and a variety of what the residents of Greenwood needed. He added a deli that was more popular than hot cakes. On any given day, from the time breakfast was ready until two in the afternoon, there was a stead stream of customers making their way into the store’s deli for a fresh, hot, and comparable to any home-cooked meal around. Some were regulars for breakfast while others opted for lunch but there were a chosen few that had their taste buds tantalized twice a day.
Reports of how the fire started were not available at press time, nor was a comment from the owners. The TIMES will follow up with that information when it is made available.