J’s Salvage moving to former Food Lion

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 04:45 AM

The former Food Lion building located off Oak Street in Forest City will have a new occupant sometime in the fall of 2014. 

Rick Houser, owner of J’s Salvage Discount Groceries on Withrow Road in Forest City, is moving his business to the building he bought at a public auction Saturday.

Houser said it will take a while to get the building ready for the move, but the transitioning to the new building is exciting.

“This is going to be a good thing for Rutherford County and for everyone,” Houser said at the store Wednesday morning.

Although the transition process will be lengthy, Houser said there will be more benefits for senior citizens and other patrons who shop the store on a regular basis.

“They will be able to buy in bulk more there and it will be good for all of us,” he said.

Shopping at J’s Salvage has some challenges for the seniors and disabled patrons because of the uneven parking lot that makes walking to vehicles with bags of groceries challenging since it is an uphill climb. 

The former Food Lion building has a flat surface parking lot and will be easier for anyone with physical limitations carrying groceries.

Houser said J’s Salvage is continuing to receive more newer products and will be able to offer even more items at the new building. 

“It will be a while before we move,” Houser added.

The new location will be the only J’s Salvage Discount Groceries location in Rutherford County. The Withrow Road store will close when the move takes place.

The building was donated to the town of Forest City by its owner late last fall. The town spent about $20,000 to pay taxes and to hire an auctioneer to sell the property.

Houser purchased the building at the public auction from Norville Auction and Real Estate for $290,000. 

“We think this is good” said City Manager John Condrey. “The building was given to us.”