2013-10-17 / Front Page

Radley’s sold, new owners take over

By Ben Meiklejohn Staff Writer


Brenda and Paul Landry bought Radley’s Shop ‘n Save in Old Orchard Beach this summer, after almost 70 years of Radley family ownership. The new market owners plan on having signs made for Landry’s Shop ‘n Save within the next few weeks. (Ben Meiklejohn photo) Brenda and Paul Landry bought Radley’s Shop ‘n Save in Old Orchard Beach this summer, after almost 70 years of Radley family ownership. The new market owners plan on having signs made for Landry’s Shop ‘n Save within the next few weeks. (Ben Meiklejohn photo) OLD ORCHARD BEACH – A popular local grocery store was sold to new owners this year, after nearly 70 years of being operated by the same family. Radley’s Shop ‘n Save at 2 Cascade Road was sold to Paul and Brenda Landry of Lewiston earlier this year. Landry purchased the entire shopping plaza, Cascade Plaza, in May, and then bought the store in July. The market’s signs will soon be changed to reflect the new ownership and name – Landry’s Shop and Save. Landry did not disclose how much he purchased the plaza and store for.

Landry said he has always had an interest in the grocery store business and owned a small convenience store for 22 years – Landry’s Quick Stop, located in Greene. Landry sold the store in September 2012 to Circle K, an international chain of convenience stores.

Landry said he has enjoyed making the jump from a convenience store to a grocery store because there is more staff support and a greater selection of products.

“As a convenience store owner, I had to deal with every aspect of the business – scheduling, purchasing, booking, ordering, stocking,” Landry said, “but in the grocery business, I’m surrounded by professionals and employees who have experience in the field.”

Landry said he retained all the employees when he bought the store, including store manager Chris Stanton, who has worked for the Shop ‘n Save for four years. The store is one of several independently owned grocery stores that sells Hannaford products and receives corporate support from the company.

Ed Radley bought the store from his father, Don Radley, in 1998 and, in 2010, became a wholesale customer of Hannaford products. Radley’s grandfather originally opened the store in 1945 as Radley’s Market.

“The Radleys have had a very good reputation in town and were always really well known for their meat department,” Landry said. “We want to continue that and provide a larger number of items.”

Sue Dyer, the store’s front end manager, said Radley decided to sell the store because he had an opportunity to move to North Carolina and wanted to spend more time with his children.

Dyer said Radley’s decision to move on was shocking because his family had been a part of the community for many decades.

“When he talked to me, I told him, ‘You got to go where your heart is and we’ll miss you,’” Dyer said.

“He was like family to us, but now we have got another new family,” Dyer added, referring to the Landrys.

Landry said the supermarket is “a grocery store that has the convenience of being able to get in and out quickly.” Even still, Landry said improvements could make it easier for residents to shop during te busy summer months.

“From July 21 on, there’s been nothing I could do but all hands on board,” Landry said. “In the summertime it’s a zoo – it’s like having a Grateful Dead concert in town every day.”

Until business slowed down from the hectic summer season, Landry said he has had to spend all his time “trying to learn the system because it’s totally different than what I used to know (as a convenience store owner).”

Now that he has adjusted to the operations of a larger store, Landry said he will think of ways to expand the store so that more products can be offered and customers can get in and out more easily during summer. Landry said he does not intend to displace any other businesses that rent space in the plaza.

Dyer said the customers haven’t noticed any change in the store’s atmosphere since Landry took over.

“It’s still the same small town, friendly atmosphere and local charm,” she said.

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