Wade's was founded on March 6th, 1947 by Wade and Betty Lindsey when they purchased a small grocery store on South Pine Street called Mrs. May’s Grocery. In addition to selling groceries, there was also a small lunch counter where hot dogs, sandwiches and soup were sold to the workers from Draper Corporation and Duke Power. Sales for the first day of business for Wade and Betty Lindsey were $39.00! It is our understanding that not long after going into business that the workers from Duke Power asked Betty Lindsey to cook a hot meal for them to enjoy for lunch. In response to this request, Betty Lindsey began to cook and offer her home-style meat and vegetable meals. In the early days there was no choice of what you got on your plate.