At about 6:20 a.m., the man entered the Food Lion at 3722 Mike Padgett Highway and picked up a case of beer, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew.
The man brought the beer to the clerk then passed a note demanding money. Nervous and scared, the clerk couldn't get the register open so the man walked behind her and pointed a hard object into her back, Chew said.
The woman never saw a gun but despite the threat she still couldn't open the register. The robber then grabbed his beer and ran from the store.
He is described as a black man, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and about 180 pounds. He was in his late 30s or early 40s, Chew said.