Tag Archives: Hill Grocery

Pepper Place Market

The people who grow things for eating are a fascinating lot, not in an Ivy League intellectual sense but in a down to earth common sense. Ever since Ansel Head’s introduction to these folks while working as a fruit tester … Continue reading

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Best Job Ever

Ansel Head’s first formal job was during his sixteenth summer. His father had taken him in an earlier year to a store opening in a nice neighborhood to run the cotton candy machine. Requiring little brain power, the task seemed appropriate … Continue reading

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Ollie’s World’s Best Bar-B-Que, Birmingham, AL

  Ollie’s was the Hill family favorite. Ollie McClung started the small place in the 1920’s on the Southside of Birmingham not far from where the Hill brothers would build their grocery warehouse. When Ansel Head’s father joined the family, … Continue reading

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The Butcher’s Union

Ansel Head’s maternal grandfather and his brother moved to Birmingham from Nashville around 1912 and started Hill Grocery Company. By the end of the 1920’s, they had grown to 235 “cash and carry” stores. Times were tough during the depression … Continue reading

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