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July 30, 2021

New drive-thru convenience store coming to Tallahassee; four others in the works
Farm Stores has been buying property around Tallahassee.
Christopher Cann
Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahasseeans will soon have a place to buy essential groceries, baked goods and more without stepping out of their car.

Farm Stores, the storied drive-thru convenience shop, is slated to open its first Tallahassee location in October.

The “convenient store” — as vice president of business development Victor Arechavaleta calls it — will stock freshly baked goods, coffee and juices as well as necessaries like dairy products, eggs, toilet paper, wine and beer.

“Think about the things in a house that, if you run out of them on a Tuesday night, you have to get,” Arechavaleta said. “They can’t wait for Saturday morning shopping, right? Those are the things that we carry.”

The drive-thru, limited contact Farm Stores experience made it a great option for safe shopping through the pandemic — resulting in the company doubling its sales, he added.

The south Florida drive-thru grocery shop Farm Stores is coming to Tallahassee this fall. The new convenience store will be located at the corner of West Tharpe Street and Old Bainbridge Road.

And Arechavaleta said this is just the beginning.

Farm Stores has been buying property around Tallahassee and plans to have five stores open in the next few years — a part of the company’s expansion into north Florida.

Other store locations planned around the capital include the Bradfordville, Southwood and Perkins areas.

In 1957, Farm Stores began selling fresh dairy products to drivers in Miami.

Tallahassee’s first location will open in October.
Since, the company has gone through focus changes, from a predominant seller of dairy products to a cross between a convenience store and a bakery.

Less than 10 years ago, the company began a franchising model that continues today.

And during the pandemic, “people found it to be the absolute best option for low or no contact shopping for essentials,” he added. “No one except staff is allowed into the store. We don’t have customer parking.”

The Tharpe location’s hours are not finalized but Farm Stores are typically open from 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Arechavaleta said.

The new location has a dedicated Facebook page titled “Farm Stores Tallahassee,” where people can stay updated on the location’s progress and eventual grand opening.

Contact Christopher Cann at ccann@tallahassee.com and follow @ChrisCannFL on Twitter.

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"Excellent service, the best quality products, and the only place where breads are made on the spot, fresh and warm. The perfect part is they bring your entire purchase to your car. Gracias Farm Stores."

– Greylin Rios, Customer