Country store continues to serve community

Published 8:50 am Saturday, March 6, 2010

Country stores have always freckled the landscape of Alabama to convenience locals and commuters from near and far. Lowndes County is no different.

For over 40 years, Bill Jones’ Store has provided the residents of Mt. Willing and Lowndes County with a service that can’t get for many miles.

Adorned with taxidermies and hunting photos, the small country store offers a friendly atmosphere while maintaining a staple of products its customers.

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Amongst goods such as groceries, drinks and propane that Jones’ Store provides, attendants still pump gas for commuters.

Store owner Bill Jones, now retired, began selling candy and dried goods after moving to Lowndes County from Dothan in 1964.

In fact, some still recognize him as the “candy man”.

Today, a majority of Jones’ customers are local residents, friends and acquaintances that he has known for long periods of time.

Located at 11043 State Highway 21 South in Fort Deposit, the store is now operated on weekends by Jones’ wife, Nell, and grandchildren, Justin and Trent.

Bill Jones Jr. operates the store’s day-to-day operations while managing his taxidermy services from the back of the establishment.

Jones said his business has not been affected as hard by the economic downturn, but “It’s hard owning a country store. I’ve seen a lot come and go over the years,” added Jones.

Jones’ store is the only establishment between Hayneville and Camden and deters travelers from having to drive as far as Greenville for everyday purchases.

Jones’ Store is open seven days a week and open to any travelers in need of friendly service.