Celebrating 96 Years of Service at Roy Pope Grocery
Knowing customers by name is standard at Roy Pope Grocery. Conceivably this is one of the major factors that continues to keep second and third generation customers reliant on Roy Pope Grocery for their everyday & gourmet grocery needs. Since its establishment in 1943, Roy Pope Grocery has matured from a small grocery store that once shared a building with a washeteria, shoe repair shop and dry cleaners, to a greater specialty grocery that upholds an old-fashioned way of service.This year marks the 76th birthday of the historic grocery store, with many more years to come.
Roy Pope Grocery has a history of dedicated ownership that extends from employees to customers. Founder Roy Pope employed John LeMond in 1947 to work in his produce and grocery departments. Following Roy’s death in 1967, Mr. LeMond bought Roy Pope Grocery and owned it until his retirement in 1990. Because Bob Larance was store manager for Mr. LeMond from 1975 to 1990, he and his wife Renee took this opportunity to buy-out Mr. LeMond and have continued to manage and own Roy Pope Grocery to this day. Through three owners and 60 years of existence in the same location, Roy Pope Grocery has continued to operate under the same principals in which Mr. Pope started his business.
Pictures above left to right: owners Roy & Rose Pope 1943 to 1968, owners John & Ruth LeMond 1968 to 1990, & owners Bob & Renee Larance 1990 to present.
The single greatest test to the ability of the store came on December 23, 1970, when a fire demolished Roy Pope Grocery. Both under-insured and left with little to stand on, Roy Pope Grocery was revived with the help of loyal customers and community members. Tom Barnett, store manager for Neiman Marcus of Fort Worth during this time, gave Roy Pope Grocery space in Neiman’s for four months while Roy Pope Grocery was being rebuilt at its same location. All accounts receivable for the store were destroyed in the blaze, but checks from loyal customers kept flooding in after the tragedy for amounts the customers felt they owed. Luckily, most customers appreciated Roy Pope Grocery to such an extent that they included donations to help rebuild the store.
Today, 18 employees assist the Larance family at Roy Pope Grocery. The store continues to offer hand-selected produce direct from the farmer’s and wholesale market. The finest in Prime and choice cuts of beef, chicken, veal, lamb and exotic meats as well as a variety of cheeses are fresh for customer selection every day at Roy Pope Grocery. Stop by for lunch or after work at the deli to select from their assortment of hot and cold delights. Roy Pope Grocery has been very prosperous over the years & has attracted the finest, & friendliest employees dedicated to quality in service and knowledge of products. The store owes its achievement as the oldest family-owned grocery store in Fort Worth to its many dedicated employees; many of whom worked at Roy Pope Grocery years on end. Make sure you stop by this week and wish them a happy birthday! Enjoy one of their specialty well-known burgers while you're at it!
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