Hazel C. Lockhart, pioneering grocer
By CRAIG BASSE
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 10, 2001
ST. PETERSBURG -- Hazel C. Lockhart, who got her start in the grocery business with a borrowed $50 and went on to found a landmark supermarket, has died at 93.
Mrs. Lockhart, who owned and operated Lockhart's Super Market from 1940 to 1961, died Monday (Jan. 8, 2001) at Egret Cove Nursing Home.
Arriving here in 1923 from her native Noma in the Florida Panhandle, she went into business two years later with a grocery and drink stand on Fourth Street at Seventh Avenue N.
In 1937 she opened Lockhart's Grocery at 4000 Central Ave. Three years later, she opened Lockhart's Super Market at 3711 Fifth Ave. N. It operates today under different ownership.
In 1953, she was among the 13 founders of Florida Retail Owned Grocers, an independent buying cooperative.
She was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church.
Her husband of 53 years, R.E. Lockhart, who operated a service station and fuel oil distributorship next to her Fifth Avenue N store, died in 1980. Survivors include two daughters, June C. Spann, Chiefland, and Joan E. Lavender, Jacksonville; two sisters, Vivian Hackett and Evelyn Ellington, both of St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 3530 49th St. N. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel with burial at Royal Palm Cemetery South.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N Beauregard St., Alexandria, Va. 22311.
- Information from Times files was used in this obituary.
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