In 2006, Felton Williams was named the recipient of Plant City’s Citizen of the Year award. This photo was taken in his store in 1963. Photo Credit: Plant City Photo Archives and History Center
He later built a store behind it in the 1960s. He then sold the store in the 1970s, bought it back and then sold it again in the 1980s. In the 1990s, he bought the current property off Maryland Avenue. But his strong interest in the grocery business came as a result of him working at his own father’s store. Yes, a previous generation also ran a store in Plant City. It was located at the corner of Alsobrook and Coronet streets. It was in this store that Felton Williams met his future wife Lucille. The couple met when he returned from basic training in the army in 1943. She was working at his father’s store at the time. Felton Williams was a member of the Plant City Lions Club, on the Board of Directors of South Florida Baptist Hospital and many other trade and service organizations. He was named Plant City Citizen of the Year in 2006. Williams and Davis carry on what their parents instilled in them with regards to community involvement. They believe in helping local schools, churches, and civic events.
Felton Williams’ first grocery store was located on US Hwy 92 W, when he purchased a produce stand from Frank Chambers in the late 1940s. His grocery store, “Felton’s Hi-Way Market” remained on US Hwy 92 W. This photo was taken in 1961. Photo Credit: The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center.
Williams noted that some of the schools conduct field trips at their store in order to teach the children about the different parts of an animal. “Felton’s is known to have everything from the ‘rooter to the tooter,’ from the snout to the tail,” chuckled Williams. Over the years, Felton’s Meat and Produce Market has won numerous industry awards from suppliers and vendors. And many local organizations have recognized them for their community involvement. “We are a part of Plant City, and Plant City is a part of us,” states Davis. “We are very blessed to have the support of the community.”
617 North Maryland Avenue | Plant City, Florida 33563 | (813) 752-1548 | www.feltonsmarket.com Hours: Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PAGE
FOCUS Magazine Plant City Edition Issue 18-08 August 2019