Enquirer Herald

Country store under new family ownership

LAKE WYLIE--What has been a family-owned, country store for as long as most anyone can remember still will be, said owner Ly Dinh. Just with a different family.

Dinh is the new owner of a Lake Wylie landmark, the Five Points convenience store and lunch counter operated almost four decades by the late Norman North. North's Grocery & Grill is now Ly Ly's Kitchen following a February sale.

And now, more than a month in, the community is beginning to adjust to the new ownership.

"We're getting the regulars back," Dinh said. "Everyone seems to be pleased with us."

The Dinh family, including Ly's brothers and parents who all help with the store, owned a convenience station and grill in Fort Mill for more than six years before taking over in Lake Wylie. The family lives in nearby Rock Hill.

"I consider that local still," Dinh said. "We always come out this way, so I feel like we're part of the area."

Dinh understands her location was known to many people in the area as much for its ownership--North and his wife, Carolyn--as anything else, and while the new ownership already introduced some changes, Dinh hopes to keep a familiar feel.

"We're just looking to sea the traffic flow," she said. "What the customer wants, we want to be doing."

The cashier post moved from its center location to one just right of the entrance, but the lunch counter remained the same. All of the grill items on North's menu remain on Ly Ly's, though new items were added including a Philly cheesesteak, teriyaki chicken, and shrimp and grits.

"We're trying to do it all," Dinh said.

Other changes include the addition of bill payment and pay at the pump. Dinh hopes convenience, along with adding a "fresher image" to the store, will not only bring back long-time North's patrons, but bring in new traffic.

The store is located at 6034 Charlotte Hwy. Hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. For more information, call 831-2299.