Messick is Chapel Hill's Citizen of the Year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rex Messick, owner of Rex's Foodland in Chapel Hill, has been chosen as Citizen of the Year. Rex began his career in the grocery business as a pre-teen boy racking bottles and filling drink boxes. At the age of 16, he began working for a market in his hometown of Andalusia, Ala.. He later began a 14 year career with Delchamps, Inc. in Mobile, Ala. as an apprentice meat cutter and worked his way up the career ladder to Training Director for the entire chain of Delchamps stores which at one point numbered in excess of 100 stores. In 1976, he opened his own store in Wilmer, Ala., which he operated for 10 years, and in 1986 became Retail Counselor and Tennessee Division Manager for Mitchell Grocery, Inc. a large wholesale grocer.

In January 1996, Rex purchased Moorehead Grocery in Chapel Hill. Due to the rapid growth in population in the Chapel Hill area he expanded his business by building a 25,000-square-foot store as well as developing the surrounding property on the south side of town. Rex's development led the way in the subsequent growth of this part of Chapel Hill. His strict requirements concerning signage and building appearances raised the bar for commercial construction in Chapel Hill. His attention to aesthetics has set the standard for the future.

Rex's emphasis on customer service and quality products has provided the citizens of Chapel Hill and the surrounding area a grocery store rarely found in a small town and rural area. His belief in hard work and integrity has worked to instill those positive attributes in his employees. Rex's Foodland's Smart Shopper Program alone benefits 30 + non-profit organizations in the Chapel Hill area and his support of the schools in Chapel Hill and their arts and sports programs is unequalled.

Chapel Hill is a much better place in which to live because of the contributions of Rex Messick and his family. The citizens of Chapel Hill are proud to honor him as Citizen of the Year for 2015.