County Road 11: Simmons-Wright General Store

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Kewanee, Miss. (WTOK) -- The Simmons-Wright General Store in Kewanee has been open for business for almost 125 years. It's located close to the Mississippi-Alabama state line and has served generations of people for numerous decades.

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Originally established in 1884, the Simmons and Wright Company is the longest continuous operating store in the state of Mississippi. The store was built in 1884 by William Simmons and Tom Wright and is now run by Gary and Janice Pickett --making them a fourth generation of owners.

In it's heyday up to the 1960's, Simmons and Wright was known for it's production of cotton and sell of general merchandise -- everything from farm supplies to clothing. Today, the store offers antiques, collectibles, consignment sales, groceries, hardware and much more.

Gary's aunt turned the store over to him 26 years ago with only two rules.

"I took care of her until she got older. I promised her and she said two things. You don't open on Sundays, and you don't sale beer. And we don't," said Gary Pickett, one of the owners.

About six years ago, Simmons and Wright started the 1884 Cafe. It offers breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday with daily lunch specials and is available for group and corporate functions as well as catering.

So if you'd like to take an adventure back in time, take the short trip to Highway 11/80 in Kewanee for a one-of-a-kind store and experience.