Parker’s Foods is celebrating its 65th Anniversary this month. The Parker family got in the grocery business in 1948 when Mr. Sim Parker and his two sons, Albert and Quinton, purchased a food store from Mr. John Boyd on what is now First Street S.E. in LaFayette. Sim Parker had worked as a meat cutter for Boyd.
The store soon became well known for its market made sausage and quality meats. At a place called the “Butcher Pen” located off of what is now Martin Luther King Drive, the Parkers processed their own fresh meats which were sold in the store. What is left of the facility can still be seen off what use to be called Butcher Pen Road (behind the old Freeman’s Cafe).
In the beginning live chickens were sold out of pens at the store. If need be the Parkers would process the bird or the buyer could take it home and handle the chore.
When ice-packed chickens were introduced, one of Albert Parker’s first comments was “That’s not going to work because nobody is going to buy a dead chicken”.
The business is currently located on US 431 North in LaFayette and is owned and operated by third generation manager Al Parker, Albert Parker’s son. The building housing Parker’s Foods was built in 1964. Al, an Auburn graduate, purchased the store from his father and has been managing the business for 30 years.
“I want to say a personal word of thanks to all of our customers and friends in LaFayette and the surrounding area for their support of Parker Foods over the past 65 years.” Al said. “We will continue to work hard to provide the best service and quality products at the best possible prices.
‘Over the years we have had many outstanding employees that have contributed to our success and I want to especially thank them. ‘Come by and register for a number of prizes being given away February 16 including a bicycle, grill and freezer filled with meat” Parker said.