- High's Dairy Store
High's Dairy Stores is a chain of
convenience stores in Marylandand Delaware. It once had locations in Virginia, and Washington, D.C.as well, which have been converted to 7-Elevens. The company is based in Hanover, Maryland[http://hoovers.com/free/search/simple/xmillion/index.xhtml?query_string=Highs+Dairy+Stores&which=company&page=1&search_x=18&search_y=11] .
It was founded as High’s Ice Cream by
L.W. Highin Richmond, Virginiain 1932 and purchased by James R. Gregory, Jr.(1914-1994) with two partners in 1938, at which time there were 16 stores and an ice creamplant in Richmond. In 1941, Convenient Systems, Inc. of Winston-Salem, North Carolinapurchased the chain, then numbering 50 stores. Gregory remained at the helm until 1976. The company was acquried by the Capital Milk Producers Cooperative, who grew the chain to 350 High's Dairy Stores and Restaurants, and sold the Virginia stores in 1987 to Southland Corporation(owners of the 7-Eleven chain). Many High's sell Citgoand Shell gasoline. High's still features hand-dipped ice cream as well as other dairy products. The company now has over 80 stores in Maryland and Delaware.
The right to produce High's brand of ice cream was sold in 1989 to
Kay's Ice Cream, based in Knoxville, Tennessee(which was subsequently acquired by C.F. Sauer Corporationin 1990). The company no longer manufactures High's brand of ice cream. However, there is one High's Ice Cream parlor left in Portsmouth, Virginia.
* [http://www.highsdairystores.com/ High's Dairy Stores website]
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