After six years in Indian Land, Young Pecan Plantations is making a change.
The store will be closed from March 19-22, and will reopen as “Young Plantations/Reids Fine Foods: A Carolina tradition specializing in local foods.”
Young Plantations bought Charlotte-based Reid’s Fine Foods two years ago. Now, they’re bringing the products customers enjoy at Reid’s to Young Plantations.
The store will have a new look and new products -- all with an emphasis on local, Carolina-made foods.
“Local and convenient,” said store manager Jennifer Taylor. “We want to show people what we have here in North and South Carolina.”
Among the new products will be Carolina-made barbeque sauces, Creole sauce, grits manufactured in Charleston and butter mints homemade in Wilmington.
Clemson blue cheese will be sold, along with goat cheese from an Asheville farm. Palmetto Pimento Cheese will be for sale alone with Raspberry Jalapeno dip made by Fort Mill-based Raven’s Nest.
Fresh produce will also be sold seasonally.
Charleston-made benne wafers will be part of the new stock, as well as lemon snaps and raspberry cookies also made in Charleston.
“We want to support our states because there is so much made here,” Taylor said. “And we want to still be a specialty store. If we can focus on local vendors, it gives them an opportunity to grow their business, and it makes us a one stop shop for local foods.”
Customers of Reid’s Fine Foods will recognize many Reid’s brand items as well, including their cheese straws and 5 o’clock Crunch.
On weekends, the store plans to carry extra stock of baked goods, including caramel cakes, cookies, breads and cupcakes.
Also new will be ready-to-eat meals.
“We want people to stop in, they can pick up a ready-to-go meal, get a bottle of wine, a nice pecan pie,” Taylor said. “We want people to think, ‘Hey, we can stop and pick up something to take home for dinner.’?”
Some old favorites will still be available in the store, Taylor added. Young Plantations pecans will still be sold, as will the company’s signature pies. The store will continue to stock fine wines and some gift items.
A grand opening celebration will be held March 31. Vendors will be on hand and door prizes will be given out.