Morris Variety Center Approaching 30 Years
Morris Variety Center is located about 20 miles east on New Martinsville, along Mountaineer Highway (Route 7). Nearly 30 years ago, owners Anthony and Shirley Morris first opened their doors on January 1st, 1992. It is not uncommon for customers stopping in for the first time, to state they were not aware of all the business has to offer.
The Variety Center certainly earns its name. The business offers odds and ends, groceries, cold drinks, hot sandwiches including hot dogs and steak hoagies, cold deli sandwiches, and their best-selling pizza. Shirley also takes orders for homemade rolls, and numerous varieties of breads including pumpkin, banana, and zucchini. She is owner, baker, cook, mechanic, and a housewife. She is truly a “Jill of all trades”.
Also offered is a full maintenance garage, with Shirley doing the WV State Inspections, and minor mechanic repair. Shirley stated that their mechanic for bigger jobs comes from Hundred, by appointment only, by call 304-889-2152. “It is so hard to find good help these days, and our garage is busy.” Anthony chuckled, “We would like to find a full-time mechanic to handle all the repair work so my wife could just work the grocery and cooking side.”
Morris Variety Center also sells tires, brakes, wipers, oils, and filters with competitive prices.
Most of the time when passing the store, you will see Anthony sitting on a bench outside the business ready to greet and tell a few stories to anyone who stops. He stated, “I’m 82 years old with bad knees and it’s hard for me to do anything anymore, so I just sit and enjoy greeting and talking to our customers. It’s always nice to see someone I have worked with over the years or meet a new person to shoot the bull with.”
Anthony worked and retired from Ormet Primary Aluminum as a welder and Shirley worked at Kammer Power Plant before they had a cutback and eventually closed.
When asked about how the pandemic affected their business, Shirley said, “It made getting supplies slower, but we have weathered the storm so far.”
When traveling out Route 7, stop in and enjoy a cold drink and something to eat, have your oil checked and tires aired up. The reasonably priced food is good, and you will not be disappointed. If you have a few minutes to spare, I am sure Anthony will have a story to tell you, just don’t bother Shirley too much, she’s a busy lady!