Effective January 27, three Northside grocery stores will have new owners.
Roberts Company, Inc., recently purchased the four McDade’s/Froogel’s locations, as well as the McDade’s Wines and Spirits, located at Maywood Mart.
“We’re extremely excited to be in Jackson. That’s where our company’s growth is heading – north from Hattiesburg,” said company President David Roberts. “We’re extremely excited to get in these stores.”
Roberts said no employees will be losing their jobs. But the stores will soon have new names. The three Northside stores will become Corner Markets, while the Robinson Road location will become a Grocery Depot.
The Hattiesburg-based company owns 16 stores in south Central Mississippi, including Grocery Depot, a discount grocer, Sunflower, and Corner Market, the flagship brand.
Roberts Company bought the stores about a year and a half after they were purchased by the Louisiana-based Durnin Group, the owner of the Froogel’s brand.
Previously, Greg and Kathy McDade owned the stores, which are located at Maywood Mart on Northside Drive, on Duling Avenue in Fondren, on Fortification Street in Belhaven and at Westland Plaza, also in Jackson.
“Froogel’s heard we were interested in the stores and it turned out to be a good opportunity for both of us,” he said.
Once ownership is official, the locations will close for a few days for owners to the “behind-the-scenes” work, from changing out information technology systems, changing out credit card systems and tagging groceries.
“It’s a long process and we want to do it right,” Roberts said. “We want to get in there and try not to rush things.”
Roberts said the store will carry on the legacy of customer service established by the McDade’s and will build on that with their own culture.
“Our entire philosophy is to take care of our employees and our customers, and to choose excellence over mediocrity in everything we do,” Roberts said. “Our biggest priority is taking care of customers in Jackson.”
Roberts Company was founded by Roberts’ grandfather, H. David “Doc” Roberts, and was later run by his father, Forrest Roberts. Forrest Roberts is still company chairman.