Homegrown: Houlka Food Shop

Floyd Ingram | Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com David Pearce, left, and Cynthia Fortner help Bobby Brown with a purchase at the counter at Houlka Food Shop. Regular customers are a key part of Houlka Food Shop's business.

Floyd Ingram | Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com
David Pearce, left, and Cynthia Fortner help Bobby Brown with a purchase at the counter at Houlka Food Shop. Regular customers are a key part of Houlka Food Shop’s business.

Houlka Food Shop has been serving Houlka and the surrounding area from its location at the intersection of Highway 32 and Highway 15 for 18 years.

Owner David Pearce said the business is much more than a simple convenience store and he has always tried to offer a little something extra to make it a special place to do business.

“We have people who have been coming in here every day for 18 years like clockwork,”he said. “They make us part of their morning as they head to work or part of their afternoon as they head home. Those people mean a lot to me and my business.”

Pearce said Houlka Food Shop has items found at a typical convenience store: soft drinks, candy, potato chips, crackers and other snacks and goodiesr.

“I don’t think people realize what all we do sell in here,” said Pearce. “We are sort of like the old neighborhood grocery. If you need it we probably sell it.”

The Houlka Food Shop also offers plate lunches at noon five days a week and a full menu on Friday and Saturday nights.

Houlka Food Shop has a coffee crowd, too. The morning crowd holds court from 5:30 a.m.to 9:30 a.m. The afternoon bunch starts coming in about 3 p.m. to solve the world’s problems.

The store also sells gasoline and diesel.

“It’s easy to say we believe in service, but it really is a big part of our business,” Pearce said.

Floyd Ingram, Chickasaw Journal

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Owner: David Pearce

Est.: 1995

Location: 945 Highway 32 East, Houlka

Phone: (662) 568-3440

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.