Mack’s Super Market in Harlan will soon sport a new name and offer lower prices for groceries.
Beginning Oct. 1, Mack’s will become “Cash Saver.”
Owner Harold Parsons said with the conversion, you’ll still find all your favorite national brands, plus quality “Best Choice” and “Always Save” products.
“There will also be a great selection of fresh quality produce, meat and dairy items — all priced to save you money. You’ll be able to shop and save on your complete shopping list.
“We’ll also be adding the Certified Angus Beef brand, which is high quality beef,” said Parsons. “Everything in Cash Saver is priced at cost on the shelf, with just 10 percent added to your total bill when you check out. Product cost is determined by the expense it takes to buy it and get it from our suppliers to the shelf. The result is unbelievable savings on your family’s grocery bill.”
With the changeover taking place on Oct. 1, Parsons said the store will be closed for two to three days at the end of September in order to convert everything over.
“The coal industry in the county has taken a downturn,” Parsons said. “There is 17 percent unemployment and food stamps have been cut by 10 percent. People are struggling. We’ve been searching for an answer and a CO-OP I belong to, AWG (Associated Wholesale Grocers), has a program for this type of situation, called Cost Plus Food Outlet. You are able to cut prices quite a bit and make up the difference in volume. You’ll be able to buy groceries cheaper than anywhere else in our region.”
Ending a long tradition, Parsons said his father, Curtis Parsons and Omer Grant, became partners and opened P & G Grocery (Parsons and Grant) in Evarts in the mid 1930s. He said it stayed that way until 1951 when Grant left the partnership to open a store in Cumberland.
“My father kept the store in Evarts and operated it under the name of Mack’s,” said Parsons. “All the mines on Clover Fork began closing and my father figured the business would suffer. So, he opened a store in Baxter near the coal monument, Mack’s #2. Mack’s #3 was also opened in Harlan, which is our only operating store at this time, and Mack’s #4 was opened at Browning Acres when Cas Walker’s went out of business.
“We later closed the Browning Acres store and the state highway purchased the Baxter location for the bypass. We opened Mack’s Family Center at Baxter, where we had a pharmacy, Western Auto, Ben Franklin and other stores and then the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers purchased this location, leaving us with only the Harlan store.”
Parsons said he is going “to retire the Mack’s name for the time being.”
“I’ve been in the grocery business for many years,” said Parsons. “I began working as a bag boy in the 1950s. I’ve been president of Mack’s for the past 20 to 30 years and I now feel this is the direction we need to take to help the people of Harlan County.”
Parsons ended by saying, “With the changeover, after I’m gone this store will now go on.”
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