By Kyle Siegel
In this age of superstores and supermarkets Jack and Shelia Wilson have bucked the trend and went back to a bygone time of local convenience for local residents of their neighborhood. This past July 13, the Wilsons held the grand opening of Kat’s Convenience Store and Carry Out at 333 N. Engineer.
“It’s always been one of my dreams to open up a restaurant and a store. I had surgery and I couldn’t be in the construction business any more. After I got out of construction I bought this building and fixed it up. I made it a convenience store and carry out,” Jack Wilson said.
Wilson was asked how he came up with the name Kat’s Convenience Store and Carry Out.
“The store is named after my mother Katherine Wilson. I told her one day that I was going to open it up in her honor and I finally did,” Wilson said.
Kat’s is a family owned establishment and Jack knows a little about family. He comes from a family of 16 kids. The family consisted of 11 brothers, five sisters and his parents Katherine and Bennie.
Wilson moved to Sedalia 21 years ago after growing up and living in Greenville, Mississippi. After moving to Sedalia he met his wife Shelia and they have been married for almost 18 years.
“I met my wife and the rest if it is history,” Wilson said.
Jack and Shelia have three children. They are Rod, Jasmine and Ariel.
Wilson was asked if the people in his neighborhood are happy to have a close place to pick up some necessities and food without having to head across town.
“My neighbors around me support me. They are happy that we are open,” Wilson said.
Wilson went on to explain some of the items that he carries on the convenience store side of the business.
“We have some groceries, canned goods, bread, milk, hygiene products and some cleaning supplies. We try to cater to the community needs, anything to help the older people and handicapped that can’t get to the store. This is to make it a better place to live in,” Wilson said.
For those who want to buy a good meal, Kat’s can help you with that as well. Kat’s serves up a variety of quality food ranging from barbeque, hamburgers, home style chicken, steaks, fresh fish baskets and a wide variety of side dishes.
Jack smokes all of his own meats and his wife Sheila makes all of the side dishes.
“I have three smokers outside. I smoke my own meat anywhere from four to six hours. I slow smoke it so it falls off the bone. I also use fresh farm raised catfish,” Wilson said.
Kat’s serves breakfast all day and their slogan, Southern Hospitality Coming Straight to the Midwest, is an accurate description of the service you will receive their. Everyone is friendly and Jack is full of stories for those who take the time to listen.
For anyone with an order of $25 or more, Kat’s will deliver. They are also willing to cater your events as long as you call at least a day in advance.
Kat’s Convenience Store and Carry Out is open from 7 a.m. to midnight on Monday through Thursday. They have extended hours on Friday and Saturday. They are open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on those days, and on Sunday they are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The only exception is the first Sunday of the month when they are closed.
For anyone wanting call in and place a food order, they may call (660) 826-1850. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.