Milestones

1954

Busters is founded on Bellevue in South Memphis by R.M. "Buster" Hammond, Jr.

1966

Buster's son, R.M. "Rommy" Hammond III, opens Sterick Liquors downtown in the old Sterick Building.

1968

Martin Luther King is assassinated in downtown Memphis. Downtown begins to suffer as many residents flee to the suburbs. Buster & Rommy close their shops and move out east. Busters opens on the corner of Poplar & Highland.

1970

Buster's finally opens at their present day location in the new Dillard Square Building built upon the revenue generated from the sale of the Poplar & Highland Corner to Exxon.

1978

Buster's partners in sponsoring the "Commemoration of The Feast of Saint Jude". High point of the dinner was the tasting of a 6 Liter Jeroboam of 1864 Lafite. This was the only known bottle of this famous and magnificent giant. It was purchased at Heublein's Rare Wine Auction of 1978 for $18,000, which set a world record price for a single bottle of wine at the time. The late "Big" John P. Grisanti chaired the event and gave conception to the idea of a dinner for the benefit of Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital.


1979

Buster's is recognized as "The Top Wine Store" by Memphis Magazine and the article states "Buster's has the most to choose from and the most informed staff."


1989

Rommy Hammond is recognized by Market Watch Magazine, a leading industry publication, as one of the "Top 10 Retailers" in the country.

1994

Buster's is recognized as “Best Wine Shop in Memphis" by the inaugural Memphis Flyer Readers' Poll.

1997

Rommy and his two sons, Morgan & Josh, are featured on the cover of Beverage Retailer, a national industry publication.

2000

Morgan and Josh Hammond are recognized by Market Watch Magazine as "Top 10 Retailers" in the country celebrating Buster's continued success on the local market. Josh Hammond is the youngest person to ever receive the award.

2004

Buster's Liquors celebrates its 50th Anniversary~!

2007

R.M. "Buster" Hammond Jr. at age 97 passes. April 26, 1910 - September 8, 2007.

2012

Buster's launches their new e-commerce website.


2014

Busters begins carrying domestic beers, food products, and accessories.


20155

Buster’s expands from 10,000 to 16,000 square feet and does a complete renovation of the store to create a better shopping experience adding a growler station and wine tasting desk.  The cost is $1.4 million.  Buster’s now becomes the complete one stop shop selling additional products to include over 500 beers, kegs, growlers, cheeses, packaged meats, and accessories.  


2016

Buster's is recognized for the 23 straight year as "The Best Wine Shop in Memphis" by The Memphis Flyer's Readers Poll. Buster’s is also voted "#1 Best Wine/Liquor Store" by The Commercial Appeal Memphis Most Poll.

Buster's relaunches upgraded e-commerce website that is easier to use, mobile friendly, and allows visitors to order anything offered including kegs, growlers, and delivery service.