Medina Journal-Register — The store at the corner of South Main and Oak Orchard streets has a new owner.
Mary Beth Bickel, a Johnson’s Creek resident, took control of the former Corner Store late in 2013 and, after crafting the store the way she wanted, opened for business on Dec. 21.
“The opportunity arose and I took it,” she said of the convenience store that bears her initials.
Called MB’s General Store, Bickel said she is “hoping to offer a bit of everything” for her customers. Among the things included are not only the typical corner shop items, but also fresh cut deli sandwiches, homemade soup and handmade pizzas. She said every effort will be made to keep the store stocked with “seasonal gift items and various other knick-knacks here and there.”
The food — and the deli counter — is something Bickel seemed to be most excited about.
“I want to get to the point where people start talking to each other saying, ‘Hey, I ate there,’” Bickel said. The original owner of the corner shop, she said, used a deli counter. Bringing that back is something she is looking forward to doing.
MB’s General Store was most recently approved for the selling of fresh food, something Bickel said was exciting.
“I hugged the inspector!” she joked. Approval has been granted for tobacco and lottery tickets, she added, but the licenses have not yet arrived. Once they do, that inventory will follow suit. A liquor license is something Bickel said she will pursue in the future.
Having a store in that part of town creates a bookend of sorts with the East Center Street Stop-N-Shop, something Bickel acknowledged.
“There are a lot of people who walk, and there’s a bus stop right outside,” she said. Having her store located where it is helps cater to the neighborhood and makes life easier for its residents.
And when those residents stroll in to become customers, they are greeted with an “old fashioned feel,” according to Bickel.
“That’s why I named it a general store. ... because I wanted to go old fashioned,” she explained. “There’s an older type of theme in here with the chalkboards, and I just think it’s pretty personable.”
Currently, Bickel’s husband Scott and son Derrick are helping her in the shop.
Bickel, a former Tops employee and manager for Yellow Goose, said the time was right for her to have her own place to run, and she could not be happier.
“Everything is falling into place here,” she beamed. “It’s overwhelming, but it’s very exciting.”
MB’s General Store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The store also accepts credit cards and EBT.