Posted 7/05/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
Ray’s grocery store is getting a major facelift thanks to a partnership between a new owner and the city.
The former owners, Aldean and Cheryl Landro, retired on June 25 after running the store for 28 years and about seven months.
“It was just time,” Aldean Landro said, to make the transition.
The store was founded by David Melland in 1976.
Its original location was next to city hall. Eventually, it relocated to a space across the street from the mall before finally moving into the space it now occupies inside the mall.
“I actually helped him move into that site,” Landro said of Melland’s second move.
The Landros have no specific plans for their retirement.
Aldean has been driving a school bus for the past couple of years, and he said he plans to continue that.
Somewhere down the line, he said they’ll take a trip or do the things they couldn’t do while running the store.
“We have a bucket list,” he said.
Ken Jedneak took over the grocery store this past Monday, and he is expanding its services quickly.
He’s installed a scanner and the store will now accept credit cards. He’s restocking the store with new products, and the fresh meat department is open. He plans a weekly insert advertising specials in the Tioga Tribune.
Beginning today, the store will have extended hours until 8 p.m. on weekdays, and it will be open Saturday and Sunday.
He plans to add a bakery someday too.
“It’s a brand new store,” Jedneak said.
The store was purchased in partnership with the City of Ray, which is putting up $50,000 per year for five years to pay for the purchase price of the store, and providing Jedneak with a $100,000 loan to improve the store.
Jedneak will then make monthly payments to the city to purchase the store over the next 10 years and repay the loan.
In turn, the city will generate revenue from tax on purchases and property, and the city-run mall will maintain its anchor business.
Landro said he is happy to see the store continuing and he has high hopes for its future success.
Jedneak, said Aldean, has “really stuck his neck out to make it work.”