Carolina's Best Stores success in the convenience retailing industry spans more than 14 years. Jack's roots trace back to 1962 when his father John Bryant Sr established The Pizza Palace, Stevearea's and Eastside Grocery in Evansville, Wisconsin. Little did anyone know that this entrepreneurship spirit would be passed to his son John Bryant. John Bryant after retiring after 17 years in the U.S.Army and working GSA and Department of Transportation, he decided to follow in his father footsteps. He moved to South Carolina and established Orchid Farm LLC, which would have a retail convenience and liquor store in the southside of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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A new veterans assistance center is showing early signs of success in getting struggling military veterans back on their feet.
The Veterans Services Commission at 2040 S. Church St. Extension is a nonprofit that offers free help to veterans so that they can find employment and stability.
The center opened last October, and after nearly a year in operation, it’s been able to assist about eight veterans.
Leaders hope the success of those first clients will lead other veterans to seek help and encourage more business owners to hire veterans.
The center was founded by Spartanburg veteran Jack Bryant, a retired U.S. Army major, who, after spending 11 years in Spartanburg hearing about veterans’ struggles, decided to open a center that could offer help.
“A lot of people don’t know what’s available to them,” Bryant said. “There are veteran support organizations, but veterans often don’t know where to go to get specific needs addressed.”
There’s a Veterans Affairs office in every county, but the needs of veterans trying to readjust are too great for the VA offices to handle alone, Bryant said.
“Veterans are an American asset and are very much underutilized,” Bryant said. “We’re here to help and assist veterans in need and give them the benefits and assistance they deserve and have earned.”