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Bluffton General Store to reopen

What used to be Bluffton's General Store closed in the early '60s. Now one family is working to open the doors again. (Source: WALB) What used to be Bluffton's General Store closed in the early '60s. Now one family is working to open the doors again. (Source: WALB)
It used to be the place where people gathered back in the day to buy anything from milk, to overalls and canned goods. (Source: WALB) It used to be the place where people gathered back in the day to buy anything from milk, to overalls and canned goods. (Source: WALB)
It was operated by Mr. Herman Bass for many years. (Source: WALB) It was operated by Mr. Herman Bass for many years. (Source: WALB)
"My great grandfather, my grandfather, my father and their families and as a kid I actually came in this door with my mother," said Will Harris, White Oak Pastures owner. (Source: WALB) "My great grandfather, my grandfather, my father and their families and as a kid I actually came in this door with my mother," said Will Harris, White Oak Pastures owner. (Source: WALB)
"We walked in and all the stuff was still on the shelves as he left it," said Jodi Beniot, Harris's daughter. (Source: WALB) "We walked in and all the stuff was still on the shelves as he left it," said Jodi Beniot, Harris's daughter. (Source: WALB)
CLAY CO., GA (WALB) -

What used to be Bluffton's General Store closed in the early '60s. Now one family is working to open the doors again.

The Harris Family has owned White Oak Pastures for 150 years, which employs 130 people.

Many of them live in Bluffton, but there is very little in the small town.

"My great grandfather, my grandfather, my father and their families and as a kid I actually came in this door with my mother," said Will Harris, White Oak Pastures owner.

It used to be the place where people gathered back in the day to buy anything from milk, to overalls and canned goods.

It was operated by Mr. Herman Bass for many years.

One day he locked up the store and never came back.

"A combination of him reaching that age and the town drying up," said Harris.

The Harris family said people have moved back thanks to White Oak Pastures.

The farm has a store in the meat plant down the road. The quaint South Georgia town still lacks a traditional grocery store.

That's why Harris bought the property three years ago. 

"We walked in and all the stuff was still on the shelves as he left it," said Jodi Beniot, Harris's daughter.

Now it's her dream to get it back up and running.

"This was my goal for a very long time to really have our own store," said Beniot.

She will be the supervisor of the new store.

"We will sell bread and milk and different things that you would go to the grocery store that you can't find in Bluffton, haven't been able to buy in Bluffton in many years," she said.

As the farm celebrates it's 150th anniversary, Harris is happy to help his achieve her dream.

"It's great to see her develop and come up on her own as a businesswoman," said Harris.

The grand opening for the new store will be October 15.

White Oak Pastures produces grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry, pastured eggs and Certified Organic vegetables. 

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