Eventually, I became assistant store manager, and in 1981, I became the co-owner of a grocery store in Dyer, Tennessee. Two years later, I bought out my partner, and my wife and I have since grown our business to include eight rural-town supermarkets in West Tennessee.
Those years in the trenches were an incredible education—especially for someone who didn’t go to college or have the advantage of learning from a family business.
About Joey Hays
Joey Hays is the owner of Food Rite Stores in rural west Tennessee and has been in the grocery business for 33 years. He and his wife Jeanie have two children and two grandsons.