Weekly Feature



2012-10-18 / Business

Stop & Shop offers on-tap beer, grocery delivery

by PAUL OLCZAK
Editor


Jamie Hughes of West Seneca pours a growler at the Ebenezer Stop & Shop on Union Road Saturday. The store will also offer grocery delivery. 
Photo by Daniel RosatiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Jamie Hughes of West Seneca pours a growler at the Ebenezer Stop & Shop on Union Road Saturday. The store will also offer grocery delivery. Photo by Daniel RosatiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Having grown up in West Seneca and enjoying its “hometown feel,” Ebenezer Stop & Shop owner Shari Kozminski brings some minor tweaks to the typical convenience store.

The store, located at 1850 Union Road, offers beer on tap as well as “growlers,” typically only seen at specialty stores. Kozminski said she acquired a taste for beer while working for a craft beer maker.

“It’s fun and a little different as well,” said Kozminski, who co-owns the store with her husband Michael.

The beers are rotated, but she said there’s usually a Samuel Adams seasonal brew available. The store also carries brews of the local Flying Bison Brewing Company.

In order to create a more “old school” feel, Kozminski said the store will be offering grocery delivery. People will need to call in before a certain time of the day.

“There’s a lot of seniors in this area,” she said. “Plus, winter is coming up as well.”

She hopes to be the first-choice grocery stop for residents in the area and said there really aren’t many places to shop in the area.

This isn’t the first business venture for the Kozminskis. They also own a restaurant in Hamburg. They spent two months painting and renovating the inside of the Stop & Shop themselves before it opened the second week of September.

“I’ll never do that again,” said Michael Kozminski, referring to the remodeling efforts.

To further the shop’s down home atmosphere, Shari Kozminski makes two homemade soups and homemade chili available every day. She changes the soup flavors each day.

Ebenezer Stop & Shop features takeout lunches, subs, pizza, salads and tacos each day as well.

There is also a deli available, and Shari Kozminski hopes to expand next year to include outdoor produce with fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We want it to be in the style of a grocery market,” said Michael Kozminski.

Shari Kozminski also said town officials have been very helpful when it came to encouraging the Stop & Shop.

“They want you to do well here,” she said.

Michael Kozminski also credited the store’s patrons, saying they’re “really nice” and give “good support.” He added that they’ve already received much positive feedback from customers.

The store is opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. on weekends. It closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The store already has the New York State Lottery up and running and also accepts food stamps.

Both Kozminskis are happy with the purchase and are looking forward to the future.

“It’s all coming together,” she said.

“This place has great potential,” Michael Kozminski added.

Ebenezer Stop & Shop can be contacted at 671-8135.

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