224 Years Later, America’s Oldest General Store Closes
America’s oldest general store closed its doors after 224 years of operation.
Gray’s, based in Little Compton, R.I., first opened in 1788. It was passed down for generations until Jonah Waite, who inherited the store last month after his father’s death, sold the store citing unprofitability. The landmark also served as the first post office of Rhode Island. Before its closing, community members rushed to say goodbye to the Rhode Island institution.