LEXINGTON, N.C. – In the heart of Uptown, Conrad and Hinkle Food Market has been operating in the same place, by the same family for 100 years.
“At one time there used to be a store like this on every corner,” said Lee Hinkle, who is the third generation of his family to run the store. “I started working here when I was 11 years old.”
The family tried to keep the store the way it’s always been from the ceiling to the service. They added a fresh cut meat department in 1938 and not long after added a freezer.
“My Grandfather had that installed,” said Lee. “It’s the second walk-in freezer in the state of North Carolina.”
Lee says success comes from offering a good product at a good price.
“We are known for our homemade pimento cheese and that’s been a blessing,” he said. “It’s my grandmother’s recipe.”