Kiamie Package Store
first opened its doors in August of 1966. Mississippi, being the last state to reverse prohibition laws, did not allow alcohol to be sold to the public until this time. When the first liquor retail permits were sold, retailers had to be called package stores to disguise the fact that alcohol was being sold. The stores were also restricted from having exterior windows.
Our founder Alex Kiamie, Sr. "Mr. Kiamie", moved to Oxford in 1952 to open a diner. This diner was the original Kiamie's. The building still stands and is occupied by Dominoe's Pizza on Jackson Avenue. Kiamie's became a staple in the Oxford and Ole Miss Community. At the time the choices for restaurants was not what it is today. As the town of Oxford and Ole Miss grew, Mr. Kiamie expanded his business ventures, eventually opening a Bowling Alley "Kiamie Lanes", Laundry Mat, Car Wash, and Kiamie Package Store. His foresight of the future helped us to become what we are today.
The torched was passed to Alex Kiamie, Jr. in the early 1990's. Alex is a graduate of Ole Miss and a former cheerleader for the Rebels. Alex took the reins and expanded the business to new heights. As a young man he experienced all levels of a family business. From making food deliveries to campus late at night, to racking pool balls for 10 cents a rack. Today Alex is retired but still oversees the operations of the business.