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Our Family

Sixty-five years ago, Ward’s Supermarket started as a produce stand selling pecans. Soon after, Mr. and Mrs. Ward, with their son Billy, moved to a new location, a small space with dirt floors and chicken-wire frame doors at the current site of Cecile’s Consignment Shop, and began to sell any local produce they could get their hands on. From then on, the store kept growing.

At their new location, they met a neighbor working at Doug’s Dairy Twirl. During Billy’s trips next door, he met a 14-year-old Dairy Twirl worker named Trish, and shortly after, she came to work at Ward’s, taking Mrs. Ward’s place after her retirement. Forty-five years later, Trish and her husband Billy have seen the store grow even more.

In 1991, Ward’s Supermarket expanded once again to its current location. Between extra hours put in by the staff and lots of effort from friends, vendors, and community members, Ward’s closed only one day  while transitioning between stores.

Today, Ward’s is still a family-owned and operated business, with at least seven members of the Ward’s family employed at the store. You can still find Trish at the customer service desk, and Billy comes around when he’s not busy taking care of the Ward’s cattle. Their son Bryan and their daughter Danielle help keep the store moving forward.

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Our Commitment

At Ward’s, it’s not just about people coming to get groceries – it’s personal. Whether it’s a vendor, an employee, or a customer, we view everyone as part of our family. And like family members, we want the best for everyone.

That’s why Ward’s is committed to buying local. We want our vendors to succeed and our customers to have the lowest farm-to-table time possible. Everyone at Ward’s is very friendly, and everything we sell is high quality.

We hope to see you come by the store and meet our family!


(352) 372-1741
515 NW 23rd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32609