Thirty-seven years go, the store was a simple three-bay service station.
“One bay was an oil changing station. The others were a tire change and a washing station,” Byron Coker said.
The mart officially became a convenience store two years later.
The reason Byron Coker is in the convenience store business is his father’s love for Smithville. He grew up in the North, where his father was a car dealer. Donald Coker was born and raised in Smithville and decided to move back and start a business.
“He heard that Mr. Gillespie was selling his place, and my dad loved Smithville so much that he decided to buy it and move back here,” Byron Coker said.
The mart has grown to accommodate the needs of Smithville’s residents. The store features gasoline, snacks and beverages. It also serves breakfast and lunch. Lately, it has become a quick way to get hardware supplies. And the business recently started cutting keys for its customers.
Zac Carlisle, Monroe Journal
LOCATION: 63490 Highway 25 North, Smithville
PHONE: (662) 651-4241
HOURS: Monday-Saturday to 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.