Sunshine was the grocery division of Sunshine-Jr. Stores - only six in the Panama City area were opened during the company's 53-year run. After Sunshine-Jr. Stores filed for bankruptcy protection in 1992, only two stores were operated by the same staff, as the rest were spun off to independent investors (namely Save-A-Lot), all of which but one had stopped using the "Sunshine" name by 1997, the last closing in 2008.
In 1944, L.D. "Sunshine" Lewis, after given the green light by the Jitney Jungle Company in Jackson, Mississippi, founded the Panama City branch of the supermarket. The first location (and only, until 1958) was opened on March 8, 1944. In 1953, he named his side of the operation "Sunshine Grocery Co., Inc.".
Many different logos were used at the same time, as all were officially recognized by the parent company.
After moving from his first location at Harrison Avenue and 7th Street down to around 1500 Harrison Avenue, a new sign was installed. This location was called the "Sputnik" because of its' mid-century-styled signage. The sign, measuring 52 feet from top to bottom, showed an impressive display of lights. The top of the sign featured a ball measuring four feet in diameter with eighteen spikes of eight different colours. This ball was made so that half would spin in one direction and the other spun in another as the whole assembly also rotated.
Sunshine Food Stores
In 1966, after slowly drifting away from the main Jitney Jungle company, L.D. Lewis decided to rebrand all seven of the stores under the "Sunshine Food Stores" label. At its peak, there were about seven grocery stores bearing this name.
Differently shaded versions of the same logo were used at random in print advertisements.
In 1985, both the Sunshine and Jr. brand identities were revamped for the modern era by local painter Paul Brent, husband of then-CEO Lana Jane Lewis-Brent.