GREEN SPRINGS – Within days residents of the village will again have a stocked grocery store open to take care of their shopping needs.
The former Great Scot store at the center of the village is being reopened by a new owner who is bringing back hot food, deli meats, freezer foods, lined grocery shelves and even a self-serve Marathon station.
Mayor Adam Greenslade said it was May 2019 when the village government learned the Great Scott store was closing.
“I immediately started contacting other grocers,” the mayor said.
He said he reached out to area smaller chains and even a large grocery chain, trying to interest them in opening a store to serve a community of 1,300.
His efforts were not fruitful.
New owner found Green Springs ‘just by chance’
“It was just chance” Sam Farraj of Strongsville said, that he found the property in Green Springs. “I was going through the market place, and it was listed for sale.”
The Green Springs market is his second store and his first grocery operation. He opened his first Exxon Mobile Convenience store in the Cleveland area.
Greenslade said Farraj came to a village council last summer to check out the community.
“We talked to him before he closed on the building,” the mayor added. “He definitely wants to be involved with the community.”
After buying the property at the corner of Broadway and Adams streets, Farraj was able to open the Marathon self-serve gas station with
This week work continues on the interior of the store, but opening the store is imminent.
Waiting on vendors to get stock in place
Sammy Farraj, the owner’s son, said most of the store is set and they were waiting for several vendors to get their stocks in place — meats, chips, cold foods and some additional dry goods.
The younger Farraj said he will be involved in managing the local grocery and anticipates hours will be 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Owner Sam Farraj said he originally planned to open a convenience store/gas station in Green Springs, similar to his Cleveland area business.
“The community wanted a supermarket,” he pointed out.
Greenslade said when he met Sam Farraj last year he told him the town needed a full grocery. When Farraj attended a council meeting soon after, he got the same feedback, and his plans changed.
Farraj also originally planned to open another Exxon station, but that corporation wanted too many changes. He decided then to go with Marathon, which was what had been available when Great Scot was open.
Krispy Krunchy Chicken is part of the package
When the store opens it will be complete with a hot food franchise – Krispy Krunchy Chicken. Sam Farraj said he has the same chicken franchise at his Cleveland area store and it is a national brand. In addition to chicken, the village store will offer sub sandwiches.
He said grocery and convenience stores is an industry he was born into as his late father was in supermarkets.
The store owner admitted the community is smaller than he is accustomed to. He is a native New Yorker who now lives in Strongsville.
“If they show business support,” he said he believes his store will do well in Green Springs.
‘He’s been pushing forward’
Greenslade said he believes the village residents will be supportive of the grocery after having being without a local grocery for more than two years.
The mayor said he realizes getting the store up and running and securing supplies has been a challenge for the town’s newest business.
“He’s been pushing forward..” Greenslade said about Farraj.
The mayor also said Farraj made some changes that should help with his success in the village, including cutting down on the square footage dedicated to the sales floor.
“I think he’s got a couple things going for him right now,” Greenslade said.
“I did a lot of cosmetic work there,” owner Farraj said about the location.
The owner’s son said the business plans to be community oriented.
“We’ll definitely try and have a personal connection to the community,” Sammy said.