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Thompson's Store

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Oldest grocery store in North Carolina

Whether a grocery or general store, Thompson's is special. A little of this and a pinch of that is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Keen M
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Tega Cay, South Carolina, United States
What trip down memory lane

Love old fashioned stores! Great fresh veggies, cheese and sausage! Friendly folk. You won't be... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2018
Go4Fun
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Matthews, North Carolina
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24 Main St, Saluda, NC 28773-7700
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether a grocery or general store, Thompson's is special. A little of this and a pinch of that is about what to expect. Not fancy, but an oasis for local residents. This old-time (1890) establishment is a Saluda "institution" and a must visit. Fun!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Keen M
r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Keen. Support from folks such as you certainly helps to keep our doors open after all these years and we very much appreciate your kindness.

Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Love old fashioned stores! Great fresh veggies, cheese and sausage! Friendly folk. You won't be disappointed. 😉More

Date of experience: August 2018
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r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

And we love having such a nice review from you!!! Thank you for making us feel like it's worth the effort to hang on to a 128 year old family owned grocery store....now in its fourth generation of the same family. R. Clark Thompson,Owner Historic...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

Cute country store that offers all the old candies as well as well as other oldies but goodies. Not too much different than other old country stores but very quaint. The ice cream was yummy. If you're in town, definitely stop in.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

We’ve been meaning to stop in Saluda and finally had a chance. It’s a nice country town in North Carolina that has preserved their old buildings and history. We stopped at Thompson’s Store for lunch and enjoyed it. My wife and I had a cheeseburger...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank IowaJim2015
r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2018

Jim - We are very sorry that you were disappointed with your visit to our Historic Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill. However we are somewhat baffled by your comments regarding the quality of our food. First of all we do not pre-season our fresh ground...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

Stopped in primarily to see the "oldest grocery store in North Carolina". Was plesantly surprised by the huge selection of products in such a small location. Staff was friendly and helpful. Ended up buyiing several items, including some that were locally produced. Also got some...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Peter C
r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Peter - Thank you very much for your nice review of our store and especially the comments regarding our large selection of products and friendly staff. Recently we chose a new manager Sam who has lots of experience and vision and is totally dedicated to...More

Reviewed February 27, 2018

We ordered sandwiches and burgers before our tour at The Gorge Zipline Canopy. The atmosphere was like walking back in time to an old neighborhood cafe. The employees were very sweet and our lunch tasted really good. 5 STARS GOOD!! We will definately stop in...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Misty F
r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2018

Misty - If the intent was to start our day off on a positive note, your comments certainly hit the right spot. We love it when our customers are pleased enough to write nice things about us and really appreciate you making the effort to...More

Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

This is truly an old time general store. There is much to look at and reminisce about as you find items you may not have seen in a long time.More

Date of experience: December 2017
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r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2017

William - We appreciate your post and thank you very much for your visit. Please visit us again when you can. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. R. Clark Thompson, Co-Owner Historic Thompson's Store/ Ward's Grill 24 Main Street Saluda,NC...More

Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

This is connected to a soda fountain diner and is a true step back in time. They have a meat counter complete with a butcher. This is a must visit place if your a nostalgic, slower paced seeking or just love the Mom and Pops...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Atkinstravelers
r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2017

Please see our response to your review of Ward's Grill. Maybe we should hire you as our p.r. person. Again, many thanks. We appreciate you very much. R. Clark Thompson, Co-Owner Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill 24 Main Street Saluda, NC 28773 (pop. 713)

Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

Saw a sign on the highway for the oldest grocery in NC. So we had to check it out. Not much to see actually. Cute town was a nice break on our return home.More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank jimcooch1959
r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2017

Jim - I am sorry that you were disappointed with your visit to our store. However as a 4th generation family member we try as best we can to maintain the type of a small business that would have existed 127 years ago. We also...More

Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

Early 20th Century downtown and general store with a diner as a bonus. Well appointed store with a deli and cozy grill with good eats.More

Date of experience: October 2017
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r clark t, Owner at Thompson's Store, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2017

We love it when folks say nice things about our Historic Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill. Thank you very much for your positive review and we hope you will visit us again when you can. Btw it won't hurt our feelings at all if you...More

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