Family-fresh food for thought
Robert “Bob” Burgess, Jr. stands before his produce display in Callao Supermarket, the business that has been started and owned by his family for four generations and 66 years as of February 13, 2014.
You immediately notice the local mainstay upon nearing or passing the intersection of Routes 360 and 202 in Callao.
Standing tall in red brick and the dark green colors that are symbolic of Northumberland County, the family-owned Callao Supermarket has for over 65 years provided groceries and support to its customers.
And despite being one of the last remaining businesses of its kind in the Northern Neck, the independent grocery store has established itself as a community icon.
Before the store opened on Friday the Thirteenth in February of 1948, Robert E. Burgess, Sr., who lived in Warsaw at the time, was running a bread route on 360 when he and his father Paul Burgess, who was then a meat cutter in Kinsale, decided to go into business together.
Gesturing to a black and white photo in his office, Robert’s son, current Store Manager and President Robert “Bob” Burgess, Jr., pointed out the two-story building owned at the time by Cabbot Dawson where his father and grandfather founded their store.
Paul and Robert ran their business out of the building…
-Pick up a copy of the January 1 issue of the Northumberland Echo to read the full story!