The new grocery store offers significant discounts, a wide variety | New
COLUMBUS – A new grocery store opened on Saturday and the owner says he’s happy to be able to provide community members with plenty of full shelves and low prices.
Happ’s Grocery Outlet will open Saturday at 8 a.m. at the former Chautauqua Brick location, just west of Spencer Road on Route 6 in Columbus Township. Customers will be able to sample donuts that morning as they tour the store for its grand opening, and owner Adam Schmucker says he’s thrilled the community is seeing all the store has to offer.
“People will see what a wide variety of products we have,” Schmucker said. “Everything will be out. We have low prices and a lot of products.
Schmucker and his wife Tena started talking about buying the property earlier this year. They previously owned Lakeview Discount Grocery in Ashville, New York, which they closed.
It has been a very busy couple of weeks for their family as they closed the sale of the new store in May, moved inventory from the store to New York City, and filled the shelves with new trucks with product.
“Controlled chaos,” Schmucker joked, discussing the process.
With about double the space to work now, Schmucker said they work nonstop and the inventory includes a lot of fun and interesting products, some from grocery chains in other parts of the country, such as Kroger. and Food Lion.
The store, Schmucker said, will have everything customers want and expect from any grocery store, along with pet supplies, cleaning supplies and other general items. There will be branded and non-branded items, and he said if customers are interested in trying new things, they won’t be disappointed.
“There will be new things every day,” he said. “Products can change drastically from truck to truck. We receive pallets full of products that will be put on the shelves every day.
Schmucker added that customers will learn to get used to the traffic of such a wide variety. Some brands may arrive, but will not be available for a few months.
Schmucker said he also knows he can’t exactly compete with the city’s big grocery stores, and it’s not his intention to do so.
“It’s another way to attract more people to the area and give them another option,” he said.
He also hopes to eventually add a farmers market type area to the business to have fresh produce to complement the store.
The opening hours of the store will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 8 am to 5 pm; Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
They are closed on Sundays.
Schmucker said he was happy to hear a lot of buzz in the community ahead of the store opening.
And “happy” is the name of the game.
When Schmucker was a teenager, his brother asked him why he was so happy all the time. He started to call her “Happy” as a nickname. To this day, “Happ” has remained, hence its name.
Happ and Tena live in Clymer with their six daughters.