Curb Market a hub of activity

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 10, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

From Cheerios” to fishhooks, if you need it, the Selma Curb Market is a likely place to find it.

The market is a tiny hub of activity located just across the Alabama River on Highway 80. It opens at 5:30 a.m. every morning, 365 days a year.

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Most days, the market closes a little after dark and generally no later than 9 p.m.

The market carries school supplies, groceries, over-the-counter medicines, general hardware, and fishing supplies. The Curb Market also has a deli, open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. most days.

“We’ve pretty much got everything,” owner Dwayne Sanders said. “It might take you awhile to find it, but we’ve probably got it.”

Peggy Tharp, manager, has worked at the Curb Market for more than 30 years.

“We have a lot of regular customers,” she said. “People come in here every week.”

Felicia Williams is a frequent shopper at the Curb Market.

“I shop here because it’s convenient,” she said. “Right now, I need tape for some boxes I have. I can come here. I don’t have to go all the way to Wal-Mart for stuff I need.”

Melinda Campbell works part-time at the market. She described her job as multitasking, running a register and stocking. “When you work at the Curb Market, as busy as we are, you have to do a little bit of everything,” Campbell said. She begins to assist a customer.

“See,” she said. “I’m the minnow boy today.

“We’ve kept a lot of business over the years by stocking a lot of odds and ends that other stores don’t carry,” she added.

C. Harrell is a Selma resident who said he shops regularly at the Curb Market.

“I like the convenience of it,” he said.

“It’s got everything you need and the prices are reasonable. And really good people.”

He motions around the market. “I come for these people right here.”