Calvin Griffith of Golden Pantry
Golden Pantry Food Stores
Calvin Tom Griffith, founder of Golden Pantry Food Stores of Athens, Ga., and former president of the Georgia Assn. of Convenience Stores and the National Assn. of Convenience Stores, is the first Southeast convenience store inductee into the Food Industry Hall of Fame.
Golden Pantry Food Stores, Inc. is a private corporation that operates 53 Golden Pantry convenience stores and one Discount Depot in Georgia. The company has been in business since 1965, and is headquartered in Athens, Ga.
Nineteen of the locations include Mimi’s Deli, which offers breakfast featuring fresh homemade biscuits. Lunch and dinner items are also available for take-out. The company’s Discount Depot concept sells only the most popular items typically found in a convenience store at great discounts and has a walk in Cigar Humidor. Golden Pantry also operates its own distribution center, Golden Valley Farms.
In 1974, Mr. Griffith saw the need for a professional organization to promote growth and cooperation among convenience operators in Georgia, thus the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores was born. In 1981, Mr. Griffith was elected president of the National Association of Convenience Stores and has also served as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Griffith served in the United States Navy and attended the University of Georgia. He and his wife of 52 years, Mimi, have four sons and eight grandchildren.