Business Bio: Amherst store has new owners

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an occasional feature in The Cabinet that spotlights new local businesses, as well as those that have changed hands or expanded. Today’s bio features Amherst’s Homestead grocery and deli, which changed hands earlier this summer when Ralph and Janet Melchionda purchased the business.

Name of the business: Homestead grocery and deli.

Address: 432 Boston Post Road, Amherst; 249-8900.

Type of business: Grocery store.

Highlights of products and services: Grocery, milk, deli, salad bar, wine, beer, firewood.

Owners: Ralph and Janet Melchionda.

Manager: Aaron Wilkins.

Days /Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; 7-7 Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Why did you start the business? “I have managed a grocery store for the past 28 years and I have always had the desire to do something on my own,” Ralph said.

Is this a franchise? No

How did you decide to purchase a business in this area? “Excellent location due to the proximity to the high school. I see great potential to improve the store.”

What’s the biggest challenge facing your type of business and how are you approaching it? “Finding out the customers needs and adapting the business to fill those needs.”

What else should readers know about your business? “Janet and I purchased this business because we have a passion for the food business. We have a desire to make our store of the few stores of its kind in the area. We will be here every day working to improve our store for our customers. We welcome all suggestions.”