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Byrum's General Store to Close in Spring, Observer Reports

(March 18, 2007) Tommy Tomlinson, Charlotte Observer columnist, has reported that Byrum's General Store will be closing after operating for 117 years in the Shopton community on Steele Creek Road. Up Steele Creek Road, at the corner of Dixie River Road, a sign announces the coming of a Bloom grocery store.

Joseph Rufus Hayes built the brick building in about 1890. The Byrum family bought the store soon after Mr. Hayes' death in 1914. Robby Byrum owns the store today. Robby lives in the two-story yellow house on the corner of Steele Creek Road and Dixie River Road. This house was built by William Grier in 1828. His mother, Agnes Byrum, lives in the house next to the store. All of these are on the land that's being sold for a new shopping center.

Originally a general store, the business evolved over time. Its current stock is mostly fishing gear, but a big lunchtime crowd comes in for barbecue and hot dogs.

Use the following links to read Tommy Tomlinson's story and see a video:

Old-time store all fished out (3/18/07) by Tommy Tomlinson
   After 117 years, Byrum's making way for future
   See video

Read more about the Shopton community and buildings on the site:

Byrum's General Store - The store's site

The Shopton Community - Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society

The Hayes-Byrum Store and House - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

The William Grier House - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission




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