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Godspeed: Saying Goodbye To Retiring Friends

28 June, 2017

This week, we are saying goodbye to dear friends of ours; employees who have been at Cromer's P-Nuts for decades.  Brother and sister duo, Lynn and Kathy Willis, are parting ways after more than three decades of service apiece to the Columbia, South Carolina community.

When asked about his experience at Cromer's over the past several years, Lynn shared his account:

I began my time with Cromer's in the 80’s part time helping out with gift tins and whatever else James and JD wanted me to do. I came on board full-time in the early 90’s. My primary focus was to organize and manage a food processing department. I had the pleasure of having great people to work with such as HD, Louise, Buck, Wade, Ruby and Cleve; together we made a successful department. My duties expanded to include assisting shipping, purchasing, packaging, costing and pricing. 

Some of my fondest memories are the relationships built with my Cromer's family. I will list a couple examples: 

(1) We had an old outdated peanut bagging machine that continuously had maintenance problems and one day the machine went down around lunch time so JD came up to help me get it back operating. He pulled up a chair and had me removing parts and adjusting tensions, etc. We worked on the machine about 1 ½ hours then JD got up and said he was going to the house and for me to put the machine back together and if I had any problems to give him a call. I looked at the pile of parts in front of me as JD was leaving thinking, "How will I ever get this thing back together?" I stayed until 10:00 that night working on that machine before I finally got it operating because of the confidence JD had in me. He taught me so much about the daily operations of our business.

(2) James came to me one day and told me we needed to go to Spartanburg and look at some equipment. I asked him what type of equipment we were going to check on and he stated he did not know but would find out when we get there. When we got to the location and walked in the front door, I saw commercial kitchen stoves, refrigerators, blenders and more and told James I do not see anything we need and he told me I was right and we headed back to the store. On the way back, we got close to the Newberry exit and he asked if I was hungry, I told him we would be back in Columbia shortly and then we could eat. He asked if there was a good place to eat at this exit and I told him there is a Quincy’s Steak House there so he wanted to stop. I was only thinking about what we could order quickly so we could get back to the store. We entered Quincy’s, placed our order and James began entertaining the customers and staff. The people were coming to the table to watch his magic tricks and listen to his stories. James sent me to his car to get some peanuts that he always had with him and proceeded to pass out the peanuts and tell the Cromer's story. James taught me so much about margins and pricing but most of all how to be a true ambassador for our business. We got back to Columbia 2 1/2 hours later.

I have a lot of great memories, but the above I treasure. James and JD valued their employees but they also expected a good work ethic and honesty. James used to preach the importance of working hard and playing hard. JD did not like to see someone standing around and would say, "If you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean."

I will miss the challenges, relationships with employees, customers and vendors but it is time for a new adventure. Thanks for the memories!

When we spoke to Kathy about her time here, she shared her history as well:

I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked for Cromer’s P-Nuts, LLC for over 32 years. I started in the Packaging Department where I was promoted to Assistant Manager. After the fire, I was given the opportunity to move into Customer Service/Sales where I would eventually be promoted to Manager. We have the best customers in the world and some of them have been with us since the Assembly Street store.

Some of my greatest memories are of the store on Assembly Street during October/Halloween. People would be lined up out the door to get costumes and accessories, novelties and candy apples, cotton candy and more. We worked some long hours but we had so much fun doing so!

I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years but Cromer’s, now managed by Carolette, has remained faithful to the business and treating their employees like family. It has been a joy working for and with them. I’m looking forward to retirement but will certainly miss my work family and our wonderful customers. I wish the best for Cromer’s and look forward to seeing them at the new location on North Main Street in the future. If you’ve never been to Cromer’s you don’t know what you’re missing! 

Carolette Cromer-Turner, who has worked with the Willis siblings over their careers said, "Lynn and Kathy have each been such an asset to Cromer's. They have certainly made my owning the business the past eleven years much easier. I wish them both a happy, relaxing retirement, but I expect them to keep their phone lines open in case I need them!"  

We will certainly miss these two dedicated, passionate characters in our lives each day at Cromer's, but as Lynn said, it is time for a new adventure.  Godspeed to our dear friends, Lynn and Kathy, as they embark into retirement!  

Cromer's at Dutch Square Mall - by Rob Turner

29 August, 2016

Always a fun trip down "memory lane" for me - thinking about Cromer's P-Nuts store at Dutch Square Mall. From the time my parents would park their car, I was ready to run through the Dutch Square Mall parking lot to get inside and go to Cromer's P-Nuts. Walking past the Eckerd Drugs soda fountain & Orange Julius, and making that right turn to walk to Cromer's P-Nuts.

Meet the Cromerians

16 June, 2016

Kasey Brown

  1. What is your job at Cromer’s?
    • I am the Café Manager
  2. How long have you worked at Cromer’s?
    • I have been here since February of 2015, almost a year and a half
  3. What is the most rewarding thing about working with Cromer’s?
    • What’s most rewarding about working with Cromer’s is seeing the customers happy, especially seeing people that come in again and again. There are people that have been coming here for 50 years and their parents coming here before them. It’s great when people talk about our customer service.
  4. What is your favorite thing about working for Cromer’s?
    • I love my coworkers, production, retail, and upstairs management but still act like a family and everyone knows each other’s names
  5. Anything else you’d like to add?
    • Cheesy-Sweet Monkey Munch is the best popcorn in the world.

 

 

Cromer's is celebrating its 80th anniversary

31 July, 2015

Cool Off With Cromer's!

24 July, 2015

We hit record temperatures in the famously hot Columbia, SC yesterday, and we don't want the heat to get you down! Come see us for sweet, delicious and refreshing treats!

Smoothies

Our smoothies are available in four refreshing flavors and will satisfy every tastebud! Choose from wild berry, strawberry banana, mango or peach with or without whipped cream on top! Don't miss out on this sweet treat!

Sno-Kones

No summer is complete without a sno-kone! We have blue raspberry, cherry and grape (or mix all three) available at all times. However, we also have multiple other fun flavors if you would like to rent a sno-kone machine and throw yourself a big summer bash! 

Flavored Iced Teas

Available in raspberry or peach, enjoy this refreshing and iced cold drink to cool you off! 

Iced/Blended Coffees 

All of our hot coffees are available iced or blended. We also have fun summer drinks for a mini getaway during your famously hot days. 

  • Caribbean Getaway: iced latte with coconut and caramel
  • Mint Kicker: latte with creme de menthe
  • Turtle Mocha: hazelnut, caramel and chocolate

Bottled Sodas

Nothing beats a classic! Bottled Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Cheerwine, IBC Root Beer and NEHI (orange, grape, peach) are available all day every day! 

 
We have multiple sweet treats and refreshing drinks available to you to help cool off on these hot summer days! Don't let the heat get you down, come see us for a cool down treat!  

Lookout For Our New Gifting Program!

30 June, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the perfect gift for a spouse, family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker?

Well look no further! 

Cromer’s is launching our gifting program this July!

Be on the lookout for the new 11 gift basket options ranging from classic favorites to deluxe tins perfect for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous or just thinking about yous! 

Filled with all of our famous and delicious treats, you are bound to satisfy the tastebuds of those in your life.

 

Cromer's 80th Anniversary Celebration!

17 June, 2015

Cromer’s P-Nuts has long been a local favorite in the Midlands. This year is a very special year because we are celebrating 80 years of business! We are so excited and so thankful for such a wonderful community who has supported us the past 80 years.

We are having a big celebration on August 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. full of treats and fun for all ages! We will have food, bounce houses, games, vintage car show, balloons, music and so much more! 

To add to the celebration, weekly customers will have the opportunity to be our 80th customer of the day and receive a free bushel of our fresh popcorn! 

“I am proud to continue the legacy of my Grandfather, Julian Cromer, and to celebrate 80 years as a family owned business in the Midlands of SC. Thanks to all of our loyal customers, some who have been with us since we were on the Assembly Street Farmers’ Market, we have adapted to the times while continuing to offer our quality products and excellent customer service,” says Cromer’s President and Owner, Carolette Cromer Turner on hitting the 80 year mark.  “We look forward to the future and new generations of customers who will come to love “The Guaranteed Worst in Town.””

 

Not Just P-Nuts!

09 June, 2015

Here at Cromer’s, we’re more than just peanut experts. We have also mastered the art of popping the tastiest and freshest popcorn with 25 flavor options, offering customizable cotton candy colors and flavors, a café filled with gourmet sandwiches and a coffee shop perfect to start your day or just a yummy treat.

However, we are more than just snacks, sandwiches and coffee. We also offer machine rentals, event catering and advertising specialties.

Cromer’s popcorn is popped daily so it is always fresh, just as the bright yellow bags say. If the popcorn is kept sealed, it can stay fresh for 6-8 weeks! Our popcorn is popped in coconut oil rather than the traditional canola oil. This gives your popcorn a healthier edge so you don’t feel guilty about indulging in your tasty snack!

Peanuts are boiled, packaged and sold daily. Along with our boiled peanuts, we offer many different styles of peanuts. Roasted, salted, no salt, new crop…you can find a delicious treat no matter what! If you’re in the mood for another crunchy snack, we also offer pistachios, cashews, peanut brittle and chocolate covered almonds.

Our café offers breakfast bagels and croissants, gourmet sandwiches and delicious coffee. The menu also offers daily specials from hot dogs to BLTs to shrimp and grits! We pride ourselves on never using frozen products. Meats, bread (the croissants are purchased from Crepes and Croissants) and coffee beans are all locally purchased. Our coffee is micro roasted right here in Columbia. Our barista has mastered the art of coffee and will always provide you with the most delicious drink. Try it once and you’re hooked. It is full of flavor and made with love. And in case you still aren’t convinced, Cromer’s offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a comfy couch to relax on.

Are you planning a party or celebration? We have the supplies for you! Balloons (sold in packs or we can blow them up for you), streamers, tablecloths, napkins, plates and so much more!

To kick your party up a notch, you can rent sno-kone machines, poppers and cotton candy machines. The steps are simple and easy to follow and your guests are sure to be impressed.

If you want to leave the popping and sno-kones to us or want funnel cakes or boiled peanuts, we would be glad to come to you and cater your event. We are unlike your traditional catering company, but with years of fair and carnival experience, we know how to make your event a tasty success!

Cromer’s is known for many things, but something a lot of people don’t know is that we offer extensive Advertising Specialties. With over 800,000 customizable products ranging from toilet paper to t-shirts to koozies, let Cromer’s help you grow your business.

Want to see it for yourself? Watch this video and then stop by our store located at 1700 Huger Street, Columbia, SC. 

 

Cromer's Cafe- serving the Guaranteed Worst coffee in Columbia, SC

26 May, 2015

Cromer's proudly serves Turtle Creek Coffee in our cafe. Turtle Creek Coffee is a local coffee roasting company founded by Mick Carnett.
Carnett began roasting coffee after moving back to South Carolina from the west coast. Missing the coffee he enjoyed on the other side of the country, he began to make his own. Carnett began to roast for his personal consumption, and soon his friends and family wanted coffee too. This began Carnett's business in coffee roasting. 
Watch the video below to find out about Cromer's Cafe and all of the delicious drinks we have to offer. 

Smoothies are here!

19 May, 2015

The Columbia heat can be a hard thing to beat!

One of the joys of living in the South is the melting heat and humidity one will encounter between the months of late April to late September. No matter how many air conditioning units, fans and shorts you have, the heat will still get to you.

But have no fear Cromer’s is here! To combat the heat, we are introducing our deliciously refreshing smoothies!

Enjoying a wild berry or strawberry banana smoothie is the perfect treat on a hot summer day. Served with or without whipped cream, you’ll definitely be coming back for more of the sweet, refreshing treat!