Out of necessity, country stores, or general stores, got their start during the colonial period for the many pioneers who lived outside urban markets. Many owners of these mercantiles began as roving peddlers and once they had accumulated enough capital and inventory, they often established permanent locations in settlements where there was a need and likely profit.
General stores often sell staple food items such as milk and bread, and various household goods such as hardware and electrical supplies. The concept of the general store is very old, and although some still exist, there are far fewer than there once were, due to the relatively recent phenomenon of big-box stores.
Brothers S.W. & C.S. Davis opened their mercantile in 1890 to provide farm supplies and home wares to the Croft community. While farmers no longer load their fertilizer directly from the rail cars out front, Davis General Store is still the purveyor of unique and hard to find items in Charlotte.