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Cromer's loves the Gamecocks

20 November, 2014

When you think of Columbia, most of the time you think of the University of South Carolina and their beloved Gamecocks, at least we do! On Saturdays we love to be right by the stadium witnessing as the city becomes practically gridlocked with traffic from near and far coming to watch the Gamecocks dominate the football field.

 Cromer’s has been supporting the Gamecocks for as long as we have been around, but most recently, we support them from right outside the stadium at Gamecock Walk.

Every home game, Cromer’s is out tailgating with funnel cakes, corn dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, sno-kones when its hot and hot chocolate when its cold and of course, our famous boiled peanuts. The Cromer’s team gets up bright and early to head out to the village to set up their tailgate. Fans from near and far (and even from opposing teams) stop by to see what Cromer’s is all about and always leave with a smile on their faces. No matter how bad the season is, Cromer’s will always be out there supporting the Gamecocks.

You can always find the Cromer’s tailgate team under the big red tent right inside Gamecock Village with all your favorite goodies. In honor of the last home football game of this season this Saturday at 12 pm against South Alabama, be sure to stop by and cheer on the Gamecocks like a true Columbian. We will be there bright and early ready for you all!

Working at Cromer's

10 November, 2014

On any given day you can come into Cromer’s and see the employees laughing and having a good time. They always say “choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life” and that is very true about the work environment here at Cromer’s. Us Cromerians have  outstanding work ethic and we all work hard every day… but we do it with a smile on our face. Just like how we strive to make our customers feel at home at Cromer’s, we also want our employees to feel like family.

Each month we have a staff breakfast to celebrate our birthdays, anniversaries, and we will sporadically have team building exercises that generally consist of telling jokes, eating and getting to know each other. At the end of the day, we all have each others back "one for all and all for one". Our managers do their best to maintain the “family feel.” and make sure we always feel comfortable talking to them. 

Though work is sometime long and exhausting (especially on the weekends and during the lunch rush), it is great to have a supportive work environment full of people willing to help. Many times during the busiest hours, you will find the owner or General Manager down on the floor helping out where they can to alleviate some of the stress of the sales associates. Where else can you find that? Cromer’s is a great environment to work in, if you like laughing and smiling through the long work shifts and busy days.

If you are interested in becoming part of our Cromer’s family, you are in luck. Cromer’s is currently hiring sales associates! Come in today to pick up an application and speak to our managers. We look forward to expanding our family with you.

 

The Cromer's family on Halloween

It's a Family Tradition

27 October, 2014

In 1935, Julian D. Cromer sold peanuts and a variety of vegetables at his one-man stand at the Assembly Street Curb Market in Columbia, S.C. Every morning he packed up his produce and drove downtown to the market where he roasted his own peanuts. The fresh taste was a hit with the locals who were sick and tired of snacking on stale peanuts. By 1937, Cromer's one-man produce stand was booming, but his success could not go on unchallenged; another enterprising local set-up his own peanut stand directly across the aisle from Cromer's. To lure customers, the new competition promised the “Best Peanuts” in Town. He even went so far as to tell everyone who walked by that Cromer’s peanuts were not good. Infuriated by what he heard, Cromer walked back to his produce stand and made a cardboard sign saying "Worst In Town." Later while he was still in a huff, he added one more word "Guaranteed." His competitor was astonished that any man in his right mind would advertise his products that way. When customers walked by and chose between peanut purveyors they made the logical decision--everyone flocked to Cromer's and “Guaranteed Worst in Town” was born. Business was so good in 1939 that Cromer quit selling other produce to devote all his time to the peanut business. After more than 79 years of business, Cromer's is still a landmark in downtown Columbia, proudly displaying their infamous slogan.

Today, Julian’s granddaughter, Carolette Cromer Turner, owns the family business. In the years since Julian Cromer first started his one man produce stand, Cromer's has grown to sell all kinds of fresh and flavorful snacks, as well as concession equipment, party supplies and advertising specialties. Of course, you can still get fresh peanuts. And everything at Cromer's is always “Guaranteed Worst in Town”.

 

Have a Spooktacular Halloween with Cromer's

21 October, 2014

Halloween is just around the corner and nothing is better than our spooky sweets. Just like the infamous Holiday Tins, we also offer Halloween Tins. In order to be the best host or hostess, it is imperative that your guests’ taste buds are satisfied. Purchase one of our Halloween Tins to have up on the table for your guests to snack on throughout the evening.

This is not just a regular tin either. It is a decorative Halloween tin guaranteed to get you and your company in the Halloween spirit. All tins will be one gallon in size and can be filled with a variety of peanuts and popcorn flavors. To order yours today, come by the store or contact customerservice@cromers.com

In addition to the Halloween Tins, you can also celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with some of our orange and black, Halloween Boo Corn. These come in a variety of sizes and can be purchased in store or online, fresh every day.

Whatever you choose, be sure to come by the store on Saturday, October 31st to see what costumes our staff will be dressed up in. You might even get a treat! Happy Halloween from your friends at Cromer's.