What is now
began in 1926
on the bank of North Fork of the Saline River near the River bridge as the Ganam E. Dodson Store.
Mr. Dodson died
in 1935 and Mrs. Dodson sold the store
in the mid 1940's to Cecil Jones
who operated it
for many years.
Photo and information courtesy of The Benton Courier.
"Recollections of Saline County"
In April 2004 Riverside Grocery was
purchased by Rick and Mattie Bellinger.
Rick & Mattie Bellinger
Rick Bellinger moved to Arkansas when he was
15 years old, and finished high school at Perry-Casa. After 5 years as
an air conditioner repair man, he started his career in the grocery
business with the Phillips Company (Food 4 Less). Rick worked for Food 4
Less for 10 years, and worked up to store manager at the Central Avenue
Hot Springs store. He left Food 4 Less and went to work for Sexton Foods
as manager for the Village Super Center. Rick worked for Sexton Foods
for 7 years as a store manager and 4 years as a district manager, before
leaving to run Riverside Grocery.
Rick plans to capitalize on the reputation that Riverside Grocery has
for good home cooking, and add to the store more grocery, feed and
hardware items. He wants to make the store a place for the local
customers to find their basic needs, without having to drive to Benton.
All Sporting Licenses Sold Here!
We are a Deer Check Station!