GALION — Since late last year, local residents have enjoyed the shopping convenience provided by a new supermarket in the Galion West shopping center on Portland Way — Buehler’s.
On Friday, the Ohio-based, independent, employee-owned store began a new chapter, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying the grand opening of their adjacent Liquor Agency. The store in the heart of Galion’s retail corridor is the company’s eighth liquor store. Its first opened in Ashland eight years ago.
Buehler’s President and CEO Mike Davidson thanked everyone for attending the ceremony, exuded optimism, and noted the 20,000 square foot store only took about four months from beginning to completion.
“So far, it’s above expectations,” Ron James, Buehler’s director of beer, wine liquor director, explained. “Customers like how it’s classy and are bringing others back. We’ve expanded offerings and stepped up selection. We want people to come in and conveniently get what they need.”
On a pleasant summer morning, other speakers called the store “a huge win for the community.”
In brief remarks on Friday, Galion Mayor Tom O’Leary claimed, “I can’t remember this shopping center as vibrant.”
The liquor facility near the intersection of SR 598 and Route 19 is the 14th Buehler’s location and is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will be closed on Sundays.
While the supermarket features locally grown produce, a deli, bakery, and more, the new liquor store will offer all the beers, wines, mixes and adult drinks one can imagine, plus high quality cigars.
In 2019, Buehler’s adopted a brand called Ohio Liquor OHLQ, which was developed by the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ).
Buehler’s Fresh Foods grocery store was founded in 1929 by E.L. Buehler and his wife, Helen. In addition to Galion, they operate in Ashland, Canton, Coshocton, Dover, Massillon, Medina, New Philadelphia, Orrville, Portage Lakes, and Wooster, where Buehler’s headquarters are.
The company recently raised over $160,000, enough for nearly 650,000 meals, for community food banks during the Harvest for Hunger campaign.