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MAGNOLIA-- Customers walked through the doors on Friday of Magnolia Market, the newest business at the Crossroads Plaza on state Route 800.
Owners Jacqueline and Ted Ocheltree held a grand opening for the store which has undergone remodeling since February. Jacqueline noted the transition has been a work in progress.
"There's been a lot of changes," she said, "and there's more to go."
Jacqueline and Ted are new to the grocery store business. Jacqueline was a legal secretary and Ted was an electrician. Jacqueline said Ted was tired of not having a grocery store locally so they decided to do something about it.
"We retired and decided to give it a shot," Jacqueline said.
The couple says it has received the support of previous owner Gene Johnson as well as Kenneth Shaffer of Shaffer's Market.
Jacqueline has lived in Magnolia for 40 years. Her daughter teaches at Sandy Valley. She and Ted expressed appreciation for the area in which they live.
"The community has been wonderful," Jacqueline added.
The Magnolia Market features fresh produce as well as Troyer meats and cheeses in the deli. A number of Amish products are also on shelves. Jacqueline emphasized the store is keeping localized products such as milk from Smith Dairy.
Shelves can be found wide, but they are neither high nor low. Jacqueline said that is to accommodate senior citizens who may stop in.
The store does not offer some products such as laundry detergents. Jacqueline said they did not want to compete with other places in the area that might offer it. They also wanted their store to fit well within the community.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call the Magnolia Market at 330-694-1226.