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Mr. George: Volume 1

I am very experienced in creative writing. Being creative when I write is soothing. It is therapy. I write about anything I put my mind to.

The Funeral

It is a beautiful day out here. The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the weather is great. I would think Mr. George would've wanted it this way. My name is Chris Johnson.My wife and I are headed to go and pay my respects to George Prince. His memorial service is at The Royal Palm Golf Course. Prince passed away in his sleep a few days ago. I heard that he was sick. The family says they expected it. I met one of his sons, Howard, when I worked in a coffee shop. He and I are great friends. The family is taking it pretty well. He said to me that his father lived a great life. As I pull in, I see much people are here. Howard is the eldest son. Mr. Prince was a great businessman. His biggest accomplishment is finding one of the nation's biggest grocery chains. It was called Quality Stores. In Quality Stores he was called Mr. George. I wasn't there but I studied his story. I'm here because, he was an inspiration.

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Childhood

George was born September 29, 1907. Jennifer Williams was his mother and Jason Prince was his father. His mother and father were married before their first child, Christopher, was born. A year later their first twins Shayla and Kayla were born. After the twins, she decided to be home more. By the time George came, things were permanent. That was her fourth and last child. His father advised her to be a stay at home mom. Especially knowing they saved up enough money. Jennifer is a nurse and Jason is a businessman himself. George and his family lived in Harris, GA. They all stayed in a small town In the biggest home on the block. This is where he showed the early signs of being an innovator. He loved designing new things. There wasn’t much during those times but his dad made it seem that way. George mom told him that he's an innovator like his father. When he had to present an assignment in school, it was always different. He did things normal kids wouldn’t do. He wanted to change the world. 

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The Prince Family Store

He started doing so being around his family store. George knew that changing the world was going to be a challenge. Instead of rejecting it, he embraced it. I'm it, many noticed his passion. George’s father was a general merchandiser. In addition, he owned the store. They catered to the farmers community. Once he got older, he worked in his family store. His father saw how he loved communicated with the customers. They loved him and he loved them. One in particular, Anne Smith, loved him too much. George was aware that Anne liked him. He was just focused on the job. Since the store was the only one, it was the biggest. George was very grateful but, he wasn't satisfied. He knew that they could offer more. 

The Proposal

He presented an idea to his father. The idea would help to reach a larger audience. His father listened. He shook his head seeming to agree. George saw the look on his face. He said “You do not like it do you?” That was great that he noticed that. One of the keys in business is reading body language. The presentation was great. His father loved it and said "Son, I love how you came up to me. I admire your confidence. When you talked, I saw what you could be. That idea is great for us.” George started smiling but his joy wasn’t over board. He still could not get pass the look on his father's face. By the end, it was confirmed. What he was thinking was right. His father declined the proposal. 

The Transition

Due to some unfortunate events, the store had to close. Despite it, dad saw opportunity. He decided to relocate to Atlanta, GA. Before the decision, he told George to stay behind. The rest of the children were excited for the move. Dad saw something different in his youngest child. He trusted him to sell the inventory they had left. His parents agreed that the opportunity was great. It is bigger and much more people. They already had a new store building. Everything was ready to go. While packing that night she was thinking. Thinking of a proposal of her own. She planned to tell him the next day.

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The Second Proposal

They woke up, loaded the car. Once finished, they left to Atlanta. Jennifer presented the second proposal as she planned. The kids slept in the back. Jennifer asked "So honey, who are you targeting in your new store since the opportunity is better?" She was just as excited as the kids. That was until he answered. He said “Farmers. I told our son the same thing." In anger, she agrees to disagree. She does that normally but she was angry. Atlanta is the capital of Georgia. She expected her husband to think bigger. Instead, he thought smaller. There is nothing wrong with catering to farmers but why not to others? Instead of staying angry, she apologizes. He says “Honey, I know the worlds changing. I see the chaos. I know farmers will need our stores. I must cater to them.” There is more money for the family but, the vision is limited. George and mom had an expanded vision in mind.

First Impression

George sees how bad things really are at store. The cotton fields were decimated and he said “I guess my dad saw this coming.” That played a role in him leaving. George also wanted to stay because he wanted to finish high school too. After he completed everything, he joined his family in Atlanta. In 1924, he enrolled at Georgia Tech. He spent the days working and nights going to class. George loved his father greatly but he knew his intentions. He just wanted to offer more and figured who had it. He visited a local American Supermarket. The store had just what he needed. He also saw they were hiring. It catered to farmers and non-farmers. George wanted to dig deeper. When he got home he did. The store operated in the southern area. There is also operation in the Midwest. It’s first true self-service store opened in 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee. He applied to work as a clerk at the store in the area. Even before hearing from them, he gave a great first impression. He learned early that your first impression can be your last one.

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