Like many of you who enjoy grocery shopping at your favorite markets such as Trader Joes, Whole Foods or Publix, we have our favorites too. We are no stranger to Boar’s Head meats, Bob’s Red Mill products, and expansive produce departments. And, while you won’t find Trader Joes, Whole Foods or Publix in Hayesville, NC, you will find all of these things at our local Ingles Grocery Store (store #116).

Ingles stores originated in Asheville, NC, where its headquarters is still located. Robert Ingle, founder, wanted to serve North Carolina’s more rural communities, not only to provide choice in food selection, but to support our communities in other ways too.

Ingles Tools for Schools is one of the greatest charitable programs that serves our local students. If you are visiting Hayesville or if you plan to live in Hayesville, consider investing in an Ingles card that links to our county schools. For every dollar spent, a percentage is donated to Clay County Schools and helps with school supplies for its students.

If you are vacationing in Hayesville or live in Hayesville, you will always find fresh seasonal produce from local growers. The produce department also houses a vast olive and salad bar.

If you want a quick take-out meal, you can choose from subway sandwiches and fresh sushi. An oriental bar and items featuring comfort foods are also available.

The meat department is just as vast giving one choices from a wide range of seafoods, steaks, chicken, and pork. The wine and beer selections also host beer and wine from local breweries (not sold before noon on Sundays). If you don’t see what you want, just ask a friendly employee and they will find what you are looking for.

In the spring and summer, our Hayesville Ingles has an outdoor nursery where you can find all kinds of plants and flowers to spruce up your home. It is always fun to shop here and see all the varieties of plants. The climate in Hayesville, NC, is just right for pretty annuals.

Finally, even in our small town of Hayesville, our Ingles has a Starbucks coffee shop that opens early and closes late. It is located near the floral department that is always brimming over with beautiful arrangements.