J.T. Davenport & Sons, Inc. is a Wholesale Distributor, founded by John Taylor Davenport during the late 1800ís in
Morehead City, North Carolina. In the early 1900ís Mr. Davenport decided he needed to move the company near
the center of the state where major railroad and highway facilities existed. The town of Sanford, NC was chosen for
In 1917, Mr. Davenport, Sr., along with his two sons, John T. Davenport and Taylor D. Davenport,
opened a 6,000 square foot warehouse on Chatham Street with a total of 5 employees.
After a number of years at this location it became clear, that if the company were to continue to prosper,
a new warehouse would be necessary. So in January 1962, the Company moved to a new, modern warehouse
located on Third Street, with three acres, employing 40 some people.
During this time it also became evident that convenience stores were going to become a major
force in the United States so the companyís focus was changed to serve these new outlets.
Our continued success enabled us to open our present warehouse in 1984, a 135,000 square foot facility located
on 70 acres of land. Since that time, we have expanded our facilities to approximately 211,000 square feet and are
now servicing North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.
We presently employ approximately 340 people and service approximately 2000 convenience stores.
Our mission is to sustain planned, profitable growth with our business partners by providing superior service and
unique solutions while creating an environment for our employees that encourages teamwork and innovative thinking.