DALTON -- A family-operated market has undergone a recent growth spurt, which the owner says will allow him to offer better deals to his customers.
Greenridge Variety, a grocery and liquor store located on South Street, now features a host of new offerings, including a deli, after a $100,000 upgrade.
"We re-did the whole place -- ceilings to floors," said owner Michael Mazzeo. "Before it was crowded. Now it's more open and we're able to offer more of a selection."
The renovation grew the store from 2,400 to 3,700 square feet. A barber shop that previously operated next door closed, allowing Mazzeo to acquire the extra space.
Mazzeo, 58, bought the business three years ago.
"I first came to this country (from Italy) in 1975," Mazzeo said. "For 14 years I worked at my family's store, Mazzeo's Market on Fenn Street, before I decided to go into business myself."
Mazzeo also owns a tanning salon and barber shop on Tyler Street. He bought Greenridge Variety with his two sons when the former owner closed it.
The store employs three full-time and two part-time workers.
"I'm particularly happy that I can buy in larger quantities, because we have more storage space," Mazzeo said. "It allows me to bring the price down and benefit the neighborhood, [which has] been good to me from day one."
The store is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
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