Sac-O-Suds in My Cousin Vinny: Past, Present, & Future
In September 2012 I published a blog post titled “My Cousin Vinny: Then and Now 20th Anniversary” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite films – My Cousin Vinny. The post includes lots of photos and videos, and was well received by many fans across the Web.
After receiving great feedback and so many readers showing interest in learning more about the filming locations, I decided to publish a second blog post titled “My Cousin Vinny Filming Locations” to share my travel itinerary with other fans so they can experience all the filming locations as well.
Although there are a lot of interesting locations on the itinerary, the one location that sparked the most chatter was the Sac-O-Suds. Many readers were simply unaware it was a real-life convenience store while others were extremely sad to see the store that was made famous after the two “yutes” forgot to pay for a can of tuna reduced to almost rumble.
Nevertheless, shortly after publishing the blog posts I began hearing rumors about a company interested in purchasing the Sac-O-Suds so I did some digging in hopes of finding a paper trail that would confirm what I had heard, but nothing materialized at the time. Then, a couple of months later one of my readers sent me a photo of the Sac-O-Suds along with a note saying that our favorite small-town convenience store is undergoing renovations. My first reaction: very cool! It was nice to hear that someone finally stepped up to purchase the property after it was abandoned by then-owner Harry Keith for nearly 4 years due to its foreclosure in early 2009.
After receiving this new information I decided to take another look into the rumors surrounding the Sac-O-Suds’ deal. This time, I managed to find information that confirmed the property was purchased from the Bank of Monticello by County Shore Properties, LLC in late August 2012. I’m sure this was exciting news for the community simply because the legendary store had been a part of the small town ever since Jimmy Tomlin opened its doors for business in the early 1950s.
Shortly after the property changed hands renovations were underway. According to co-owner Payson Hoover, renovations took 15 months to complete. While Payson was handling all the renovations himself, his sister and co-owner, Cary Terrill, was busy working behind the scenes on tasks such as creating marketing campaigns, applying for a beer and wine license, as well as other tasks. On January 24, 2014 the newly renovated Sac-O-Suds was finally open and ready for business.
It’s been almost 2 years since I visited the Sac-O-Suds so when I heard it was open I was ready for another trip to South Georgia. On May 25, 2014 my girlfriend Savannah and I took a road trip to check out the newly renovated Sac-O-Suds.