Ronnie’s Country Store in Winston-Salem reopens in a new location under new owner in 2022
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (WGHP) – A Winston-Salem staple is closing. Located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem on Cherry Street, Ronnie’s Country Store has been a community staple for decades.
Now the owner says he’s ready to start a new chapter and spend more time with his family. The store is famous for its country ham and family atmosphere, but what has been most memorable over the past few decades is the man behind the counter, Ronald Horton, known as Ronnie.
The store opened 96 years ago as WG White’s. Ronnie purchased the space in 1994 and has operated it ever since. Customers say it wouldn’t be the same without Ronnie.
“It’s something you like. He knows you, and you know him, and it’s all in a country spirit where everyone comes in and knows each other, ”said Chris Beatty, long-time customer.
Ronnie enjoys working in the store for the past 28 years, but says it’s time for him to move away to spend more time with his family.
“I have four grandchildren,” Ronnie said. “I want to spend more time with them. And then my two sons, and … I have two siblings, and we all live in King, and we’re going to be having more dating, spending more time together, and being mostly with my family.
The store does not completely disappear.
The name will remain the same, but it will reopen in the new year under new owner and in a new building located at 408 North Liberty Street.
“It’s gratifying because we feel like we’ve accomplished something here that not only benefits us for a living, but has been of great help to others. I guess that’s the consolation I got to have been able to brighten people’s days and help some, ”said Ronnie.
The new store is expected to open in early 2022.
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