Our History

For nearly a century, U.G. White Mercantile has benefited and served as an economic anchor for downtown Athens, Limestone County, and now Huntsville, AL.

As one of twelve children born to James Monroe "Bud" White and his bride Amanda Warren in the late 1800s, Ulysses Grant White created a business that has influenced Athens, Alabama for nearly a century.

Following a farming accident that cost him his right arm, the White Hollow, Tennessee native started U.G. White Hardware and Implement Co. on south Marion Street in 1917.

White supplied Athens's mercantile needs as well as briefly entering the burgeoning automotive service-station business. After twenty years White sought a more strategic location and in 1937 bought and remodeled the corner of 101 Jefferson Street.

Ulysses Grant White

Store founder
Ulysess Grant White


For nearly a century U.G. White Mercantile has served as an economic anchor for downtown Athens. Farmers, cotton mill workers and businessmen alike purchased horse drawn plows, cast iron skillets and everything in between.

U.G. White maintains its presence as the trailhead of the once again thriving square in Athens, AL. Having passed from four family generations to the current owners, U.G. White continues to offer quality goods and provisions, fair prices and impeccable customer service.

There's something for everyone at U.G. White Mercantile with locations in Athens (since 1917) and Huntsville.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Wednesday, 9am - 6pm
Thursday - Saturday, 9am - 8pm


Now open in downtown Huntsville, AL at 115 Clinton Ave E, one block north of the courthouse square. It is everything you love about our original location in Athens on a larger scale.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Wednesday, 10am - 6pm
Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 8pm
Sunday, 1pm - 6pm