By Stephanie Malench
After nearly three years without a grocery store, Pete’s Market is scheduled to open on July 27 at 523 Troy Plaza, the site of the former Schuette’s Market.
Pete’s is locally owned by Pete and Chad Patel and Lisa Moore will be the General Manager.
Pete’s business plan is to be a “progressive grocery store”, growing according to the needs of the Troy community and offering old fashioned community service. Associates will carry out shoppers’ groceries and will be seen walking the aisles to offer help as needed.
The Patels want everyone to feel like family, and “besides our name, our employees are our biggest asset”.
Moore said that the store will survive if they can win on customer service.
Pete’s Market is part of a co-op for independent grocery stores and will only carry items they can get competitive prices on, and will include the generic brand Best Choice.
The store will offer a second full size Kelly’s Butcher Shop & Deli, with a full range of butchered meats, deli, produce, and bakery items made in the store.
Pete’s will offer sections for organic food, local products, fresh sushi made on site by a sushi chef, and a walk-in beer cave.
By fall the store is hoping to offer online ordering through their website with curbside pick up.
Customers will also be able to sign up for a loyalty program which will entitle shoppers to special deals. Other incentive plans are also in the works.
Students from Triad High School’s Life Skills Program will serve as greeters.
There are no plans for a pharmacy or dispensary, but there will be a slot room with a full bar in the front left corner of the store.
Hours of operation will be 8 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week.