Ardmore Carryout was established in 1963 by George W. Sullivan Sr. The orignal business was called Ardmore Variety. It was open 7 days a week, selling beer, sandwiches, cigarettes and catering for weddings, parties and the local VFW. The actual location was right on Ardmore Road (as it was called in 1963). From 1963 until 1969 the business was operated out of George's deceased father's renovated house. George's wife and their five children were the backbone of the business in those early years. George Sullivan Sr. died in November of 1967. His wife Grace took over management and the business took off. A new building (present site) was built in 1969. In 1977, George Sullivan Jr. resigned from the District of Columbia Fire Department to take over the day to day operation of the business. In 1978, the Maryland State Lottery was introduced into the carryout. In 1979, a liquor license was purchased and then there was food, catering, lottery, beer and liquor crammed into one small space. Paul Sullivan, George's brother, resigned from the Prince George's County Fire Department to help run the thriving business. Ardmore Carryout needed more retail space, so in 1980 a new building was built beside the existing one, Liquor and lottery was moved to the new building. Paul operated the Carryout and George Jr. operated the liquor side. In 1995, Paul Sullivan retired from Ardmore Carryout to open a bar in Columbia. George's sister Margaret (Peggy) and her son Joe became the new operators of Ardmore Carryout. In 2001 Margaret and Joe left the carryout to open a deli in Severna Park. The Carryout was sold in 2001 to new tenants. In 2011 when the lease had expired the tenants decided not to renew and to move on. George Jr. renavated the building and re-opened on March 19, 2012. Currently George 3rd is managing the business while his son George IV awaits his turn.
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