Ramey’s to open Columbia store

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Some jobs and tax revenue will be returning to Columbia as Ramey’s Marketplace is coming to U.S. 98 in the building formerly occupied by Winn-Dixie.
Thomas Hodges, a spokesman for the family-owned, Purvis-based company, said the grocery store will employ approximately 100 people and will open before Thanksgiving.
Ramey’s signed a lease Thursday and will begin renovations next week, he said.
Winn-Dixie closed its longtime store in that location in June, and it has been empty since then.
“We had attempted to close this deal before Winn-Dixie actually closed but the Southeastern Grocers, which is who owns Winn-Dixie, chose to close the store before we could work out a deal,” Hodges said. “That wasn’t good for our employees. … We did try to save those jobs prior to but now we’re here.”
Anyone interested in applying for a job can visit Rameysmarketplace.com, scroll to the bottom and click “Employment” and then choose “Apply Online Now.” When choosing the Columbia location, select "send to location nearest me."
Ramey’s has been in existence since 1954 and has 24 stores in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Owner Brad Ramey, a resident of Lamar County for more than 30 years, said he has always looked forward to serving the people of Columbia and Marion County and is excited about providing an awesome shopping experience.
There will be a new deli seating area, which wasn’t in the building previously, and they’ll continue with fresh produce, fresh meat, fresh seafood and a deli/bakery. The deli will offer Stonewall’s pulled pork barbecue.
Hodges said there will be a rewards card offering hundreds of items that customers can get free and that sign up for cards can be done at existing stores in Prentiss, Sumrall and Purvis. Ramey’s also features a one-day sale every Friday 52 weeks out of the year, he said.
For more information, visit Ramey’s website, which has a feature to submit questions or comments, or go to its Facebook page.