E&H Hardware Group to Purchase Newton Falls Ace Hardware

WOOSTER, Ohio – December 5, 2016

The family-owned E&H Hardware Group is in the process of purchasing the Newton Falls Ace Hardware located at 165 East Broad St., Newton Falls, OH. E&H Hardware will continue to operate the store as an Ace Hardware, serving the Newton Falls community and surrounding areas.

The Newton Falls Ace Hardware was founded in 1973 by brothers John, Eugene, and Richard Kolovich. Originally named ‘Fair Price Center’, the business was purchased outright by Richard in 1977. After 43 successful years, Richard is looking forward to enjoying more time with his family and new puppy. He will also have more time to focus on his other two businesses, Falls Car Wash and RLK Enterprises. “I sincerely appreciate the many years of support from the countless customers of Newton Falls and its surrounding area. The store’s success would not have been possible without the loyal employees that stood by my side”, stated Richard.

The employees of Newton Falls Ace Hardware will be offered the opportunity to work for E&H Hardware Group in the current location when the name changes to E&H Ace Hardware. Additional employees may be hired to fill the void created by the current owner, as well. Job postings may be found on www.indeed.com by searching Ace Hardware.

E&H Ace Hardware will continue to offer a wide selection of lumber products, screen repair, a full line of Craftsman tools, Clark+Kensington and Valspar paints, and propane. Many departments will also be refreshed with updated product selections and brighter lighting for a better shopping experience. Ace Hardware’s free “Ace Rewards” loyalty program will bring expanded savings to customers. Additionally, in-store pick-up will be offered for those customers that prefer the convenience of shopping online.

The hardware will close at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 6th, and reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, January 9th in order to complete the transfer.  Existing “house accounts” are encouraged to complete a new application between now and January 6th in order to be entered into the new computer system and facilitate a smooth transition to E&H Ace Hardware.

Scott Buehler, President & COO of E&H Hardware Group, stated, “We are excited to be entering the Newton Falls community in early 2017 and look forward to providing a hardware destination where customers can count on receiving trusted advice from our knowledgeable employees.”

About E&H Family Group:

E&H Family Group, parent company of E&H Hardware Group and Buehler’s Fresh Foods, is wholly owned by the Buehler family of Wooster, Ohio. The organization operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets in northern Ohio and nineteen hardware stores under the E&H Ace Hardware name. Hardware locations include Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corners (Cleveland), Mansfield, Hilliard, and Piketon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product, and supporting the communities in which they operate.  For more information visit: www.buehlers.com.

E&H Hardware Group to Purchase Cricket Yard Equipment in Westlake

WOOSTER, Ohio – December 1, 2016

The family owned E&H Hardware Group is in the process of purchasing Cricket Yard Equipment located at 30582 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH. Cricket Yard Equipment will transition next month to a newly renovated space within E&H Ace Hardware’s Westlake store, located at 27255 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH.

Cricket Yard Equipment is a first generation business that began in 1979.  Owners Craig and Nan Baker began their business in a parcel van selling and servicing equipment at homes with the slogan ‘Cricket Comes to You’.  In 1981 they rented an abandoned storefront on Center Ridge Road in Westlake and later built their multi-unit retail center at the same location. Although they will have the retail center to manage, Craig and Nan are pleased to see Cricket Yard Equipment continue with Ace Hardware in Westlake.  After 37 successful years in the power equipment business, Craig and Nan are looking forward to enjoying life with a little more free time.

Cricket will remain in their current location through the end of January and will be available to assist in any sales or service needs customers may have. E&H Ace Hardware will begin welcoming customers to Cricket’s new location beginning January 30th. “Customers will continue to have the high-quality staff service their equipment needs, as our technicians will be part of the Ace Hardware team”, states Craig Baker.

With the addition of Cricket to E&H Ace Hardware, product selection and service options will expand. The Westlake Ace location will become an authorized dealer and service point for both Honda and Toro power equipment while also continuing to sell and service Stihl power equipment; Echo and Snapper brand service will remain available, as well. Ace Hardware will also continue to honor Cricket’s well-liked service discount program for returning customers. The goals of Ace Hardware are the same as Cricket: to provide helpful, friendly, and professional service to every customer.

Scott Buehler, President & COO of E&H Hardware Group, stated, “We are very fortunate to have found another like-minded family business in the community. We are excited to have Cricket join the E&H Hardware family and look forward to offering the same great service.”

About E&H Family Group:

E&H Family Group, parent company of E&H Hardware Group and Buehler’s Fresh Foods, is wholly-owned by the Buehler family of Wooster, Ohio. The organization operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets in northern Ohio and nineteen hardware stores under the E&H Ace Hardware name. Hardware locations include Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corners (Cleveland), Mansfield, Hilliard, and Piketon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product, and supporting the communities in which they operate.  For more information visit: www.buehlers.com.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is home to the Medina Liquor Agency

The Buehler’s Medina River Styx location at 3626 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio, officially opened the Medina Liquor Agency, inside of the supermarket, on Monday, November 7, 2016. This completes the transfer and relocation agreement with the Wine Reserve to purchase the Medina Liquor Agency.

Dan Shanahan, President, and COO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods stated, “With the highly successful opening of our Ashland, Wooster, Coshocton and New Philadelphia State Liquor Agencies, this move continues the establishment of Ohio Liquor Agencies inside Buehler’s supermarket locations.”

Ron James, Buehler’s Director of Beer, Wine and Liquor added, “We are proud to offer our customers the convenience of one-stop shopping, and have strived to respect customers’ considerations by keeping this a “store within a store.”

Buehler’s Medina River Styx has expanded beer and wine offerings, with over 1,000 beers and 3,500 wines available daily, as well as a broad selection of premium spirits. There is a 10% discount on wine case purchases, and liquor agency customers may now use their credit or debit cards. Buehler’s Medina Liquor Agency hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Knowledgeable employees are on-hand to assist customers with their purchase.

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“We would like to thank the Wine Reserve and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for their assistance to complete the transfer and relocation of the liquor agency. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the Medina community for their patience during the process,” added Jack Rohrbaugh, Store Manager, Buehler’s Fresh Foods Medina River Styx.

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Buehler’s, founded in 1929, is celebrating eighty-seven years as an independent, family owned and operated grocer. Buehler’s is recognized as a pacesetter in the industry, and is positioned for growth as a trusted business partner.

Meet & Greet with Skinnygirl® Cocktails Founder, Bethenny Frankel at Buehler’s Nobles Pond in Canton this Saturday

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Nobles Pond location will host author, chef, TV star and Skinnygirl founder, Bethenny Frankel, on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.  The store is located at 7138 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH, 44718. Bethenny brings her ready-to-serve cocktails and wines to Buehler’s just in time for holiday entertaining!

Bethenny is the creator of the low-calorie cocktail brand, Skinnygirl Cocktails, which now features more than 20 products, including vodka, wine and ready to serve options. She first entered the public spotlight on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, then became a celebrity on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Bethenny has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities” by Forbes magazine.

Complimentary tastings of select Skinnygirl Cocktails products will be available for customers 21 years of age and older. Products will be available for purchase and to be signed:

• Skinnygirl ready to drink: Margarita, White Peach Margarita, Grapefruit Margarita, Cranberry Cosmo,

    and new! Watermelon Margarita.

  Wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, California Red, and California White.

WHAT: Bethenny Frankel signing bottles of Skinnygirl Cocktails wines and spirits

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 1 pm

WHERE: Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 7138 Fulton Dr.  NW, Canton, Ohio 44718

No tickets required.

Entry subject to capacity and not guaranteed.

Buehler Food Markets, Inc. today announced the decision to close their Brunswick, Ohio store located at 3688 Center Road. The supermarket will remain open and honor all weekly advertised specials through the third week of October. The plan is to close on Friday, October 21, 2016.

“We will work with our Brunswick employees to transfer to another Buehler location, or attain a position with another retailer,” stated Dan Shanahan, President and COO of Buehler’s. “We will be inviting select retailers to a job recruiting event to interview and recruit our employees who may choose to stay in Brunswick.”

The painful decision to close came after deliberating Buehler’s entire portfolio of stores, and the opportunity to consider lease options. As the company continued to add stores, remodel and refresh their current base of stores, they had some hard decisions with respect to underperforming stores. Buehler’s will continue to offer customers three convenient supermarkets in the competitive Medina County market.

Buehler’s extends its gratitude to the outstanding Brunswick store team and their families for their years of service, understanding, and flexibility during this time of transition. Approximately125 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees will be affected by the store’s closing. Eligible employees will be offered a position at other Buehler’s Fresh Foods locations. Those employees who choose not to transfer will be offered a severance package. Buehler’s is also working with Brunswick area retailers to recommend these individuals for employment.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods opened the Brunswick store in the spring of 2007. E&H Family Group thanks the entire Brunswick community, customers, and employees for their support over the years, and look forward to welcoming them just down the road at their two Medina locations; Buehler’s Medina Forest Meadows and Medina River Styx.

About E&H Family Group:

E&H Family Group is fully owned by the Buehler Family and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group owns and operates nineteen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) Appleseed (Mansfield), Piketon, and North Olmsted, Ohio.

E & H Family Group is a family owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate.  For more information visit www.buehlers.com

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Contact: Deb Wilcox
Buehler’s Fresh Foods
330-804-1263
dwilcox@buehlers.com

Ohio Grocery Association Bagger Competition winner 2016

Brady Long, representing Buehler’s Fresh Foods Medina Forest Meadows, has repeated as Ohio’s Best Bagger at the 2016 Ohio Best Bagger Contest on Tuesday, August 8, 2016. Brady won the contest in 2015, and has reclaimed the title in 2016. The Ohio Grocers Association event featured regional winners from Ohio supermarkets and was hosted at the Buehler’s Milltown location in Wooster, Ohio.

“We are thrilled to have Brady represent our state again as Ohio’s Best Bagger,” stated Kristin Mullins, President and CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association. “Brady encapsulates what it took to be crowned Ohio’s champion and we look forward to rooting him on at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February of next year.”

Brady beat 14 competitors to win the coveted title, including fellow co-workers Evan Lambert, Logan Haid and Jacob Lustig. The award comes with a $1,000 check, and a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February 2017. Special guest of honor, Sarah Hider, former Miss Ohio of Wooster, sang the National Anthem and competed as a “celebrity bagger.”

Dan Shanahan, Buehler’s President and COO stated, “Congratulations to Brady for a remarkable repeat performance as Ohio’s Best Bagger! Brady daily demonstrates the qualities of an outstanding employee and has a keen awareness of customer service. We will be cheering him on at the national competition in Las Vegas.”

In addition to Brady Long, top scores went to Bette Kiggins from Giant Eagle in Rocky River; Amy Jordan from Giant Eagle in Warren; Trey Watson from Kroger in Toledo; and Aaron Delroy from Kroger in Beavercreek. Each of the top five winners received cash prizes.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods philanthropy partner, the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, also benefited from this event. The non-perishable foods used as part of the bagging competition were donated to the Food Bank, as well as all ancillary food.

About Ohio Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest:

Contestants are judged not only on speed, but also on weight distribution between bags, correct bagging technique, professional appearance and attitude. The best bagger contest is an exciting competition, which serves as a way to enhance proper and effective bagging techniques, as well as a prime opportunity to showcase talented employees.

About Buehler’s:

E&H Family Group owns and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods Supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, and Portage Lakes (Green), and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group owns and operates eighteen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) Appleseed (Mansfield), Piketon, and North Olmsted, Ohio.

E & H Family Group is a family-owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior.  For more information visit  www.buehlers.com

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Buehler’s Fresh Foods announced their goal to transition to a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. The egg industry, nationwide, has set this goal considering supply, affordability and customer demand.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods egg supplier, Hillandale Farms, has already begun taking the necessary steps to a cage-free egg supply chain, including:

• the purchase of a turkey farm – easily converted to a cage-free chicken farm

• the addition of one million cage-free chickens to the Hicksville farm

• the addition of cage-free chickens to the Dalton farm

By the end of 2016, Buehler’s will offer customers a “Buehler label” cage-free egg product.

Current specialty or premium eggs sales at Buehler’s account for about one-third of total egg sales, including:

• cage-free

• free range

• organic

• non-GMO

• Omega 3

• Omega 3+Lutein

About Hillandale Farms:

Hillandale Farms is one of the nation’s leading supplier of shell eggs to retailers and distributors throughout the United States.

As a vertically integrated supplier, Hillandale Farms is directly involved in every aspect of egg production and distribution. From the farm to the plate, Hillandale Farms is actively involved in satisfying their customers needs.

Specializing in corporate brands, Hillandale Farms offers services in category management, supply chain management and product development. Working closely with our customers to create world class egg programs tailored to their specific needs.

Hillandale Farms has a wide selection of butter, cheese and meats to complement their offering of eggs.

For quality egg programs tailored to meet the needs of customers, look no further than Hillandale Farms.

About E&H Family Group:

E&H Family Group is fully owned by the Buehler Family and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group also owns and operates seventeen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) and Mansfield, Ohio.

E & H Family Group is a family owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate.  For more information visit www.buehlers.com

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Names 2016 Scholarship Winners


Buehler's Scholarship WinnersBuehler’s Scholarship winners, Logan Haid (left) and Joshua Froats, were accept their awards on June 3.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods announced the winners of the first annual Buehler Scholarships at a presentation ceremony and reception held at the Buehler’s Medina River Styx store on Friday, June 3, 2016. The event recognized the recipients of two scholarships – the Ed & Helen Buehler Scholarship and the Gene & Don Buehler Scholarship – and was a celebration with their family, friends and co-workers.

Logan Haid, son of Russell and Lisa Haid of Medina, Ohio, was awarded the Ed & Helen Buehler Scholarship. A graduate of Medina High School, Logan plans to pursue a degree in engineering at the University of Cincinnati or University of Akron. He is the Front End Lead Bagger at Buehler’s Medina River Styx, and has qualified for the statewide Ohio Grocery Bagger competition to be held this August. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Logan is actively involved in tutoring, recreational sports, and community service.

Joshua Froats, son of Regis and Karen Froats of Medina, Ohio, was awarded the Gene & Don Buehler Scholarship. Majoring in chemical engineering, Joshua will be a junior at The Ohio State University in Columbus, and is employed in the office of Academic Affairs at OSU. He is on the Dean’s List, and active in the Theta Xi Fraternity, writer for an online newspaper, and giving back to the community. Joshua’s mother, Karen, is a cashier at Buehler’s Medina River Styx.


IMG_1907Scholarship recipients pose with members of the Buehler’s family at the presentation ceremony. From left, Christopher Buehler, Scott Buehler, Lagan Haid, Joshua Froats, Dan Buehler, Joan Buehler and Bob Buehler.

The Buehler Scholarships were established to honor Ed, Helen, Gene and Don Buehler’s legacy and to celebrate their commitment to youth, to family, and to their employees. The scholarship program provides financial support to employees and their dependents enrolled in college. It is a lasting testament of the family’s values.

“We believe that we have an obligation to support and recognize our youth,” stated Dan Shanahan, President and COO. “We hope to give our young people a head start to a successful career by offering tuition scholarships to further their education.”

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is celebrating 87 years as a family-owned and operated supermarket. Industry peers and officials have recognzed Buehler’s accomplishments by awarding: 2016 Leadership Partner and 2015 Harvest for Hunger Check Out Hunger Partner of the Year by the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, 2015 “Store of the Month” by Progressive Grocer, 2014 Retailer of the Year (Cleveland Food Dealer Association), Ohio Business Profile (Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State), Resolution – food and agriculture (John Kasich, Governor of Ohio), and GreenChill Partnership and Achievement Awards for sustainability and environmental practices.

About Buehler’s:

E&H Family Group owns and operates fourteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods Supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, and Portage Lakes (Green), and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group owns and operates eighteen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township (Canton), Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Garrettsville, Hilliard, Plain Township (Canton), Kamm’s Corner (Cleveland) Appleseed (Mansfield) and Piketon, Ohio. And coming to North Olmsted, Ohio in late June 2016.

E & H Family Group is a family-owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior.  For more information visit  www.buehlers.com                       # # #

Buehler’s Fresh Foods Names Mike Davidson, VP of Operations

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has selected Michael (Mike) Davidson Vice President of Store Operations. Mike will work closely with Buehler’s leadership team and store managers, reporting to President and COO, Dan Shanahan.

“We welcome Mike to the Buehler team,” stated Dan Shanahan, President and COO. “His extensive experience and broad knowledge of retail grocery operations made him a natural fit for this position.”

Mike brings nearly 30 years of operational leadership experience, including brand development/execution, operations management, merchandising experience, customer service, and food service execution with retailers as Price Chopper Supermarkets, Tops Friendly Markets, Finast and Ahold USA.. He has significant experience in training, food service and fresh goods, as well as team building.

Mike and his wife, Joanna, have three grown children; Danielle (Mike), Robert (Marie), and Nathaniel (Julia), and five grandchildren. The couple is in the process of moving to the Wooster area.

Bob Buehler, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Fresh Goods added, “We are pleased to bring Mike onboard and look forward to his contributions and expertise to Buehler’s continued success and growth.”

Buehler’s Fresh Foods is celebrating 87 years as a family-owned and operated supermarket. Industry peers and officials have given recent recognition to Buehler’s accomplishments by awarding: 2016 Leadership Partner and 2015 Harvest for Hunger Check Out Hunger Partner of the Year by the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, 2015 “Store of the Month” by Progressive Grocer, 2014 Retailer of the Year (Cleveland Food Dealer Association), Ohio Business Profile (Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State), Resolution – food and agriculture (John Kasich, Governor of Ohio), and GreenChill Partnership and Achievement Awards for sustainability and environmental practices.

2016 Alabama Watermelon Queen to visit Buehler’s

Buehler’s Fresh Foods.Wooster Milltown and Nobles Pond Canton locations will host Madison Laney, recently crowned 2016 Alabama Watermelon Queen. Madison brings her product knowledge, recipes, and customer giveaways to Buehler’s, just in time for the holiday weekend. Everyone is welcome to come and meet Madison at Wooster Milltown on Friday, May 27, noon to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and at Nobles Pond Canton on Saturday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   

“We are excited for our customers to meet Madison and learn more about the benefits of eating watermelon,” stated Jeff Tomassetti, Buehler’s Director Produce and Floral. “Madison will be offering watermelon tastings, recipe demos, and sharing stickers and coloring books with the kids.”

The Alabama Watermelon Queen is a public relations representative for the watermelon industry. Madison represents the Alabama Watermelon Association, sharing her knowledge on the nutritional benefits and versatility of watermelon.  She visits schools, farms, farmers’ markets, televisions stations, grocery stores, and watermelon festivals. Once her reign is complete she will compete for the 2017 National Watermelon Queen title in Lake Tahoe, Nevada where she will have the opportunity to share the watermelon message throughout the United States and abroad.

Miss Madison Laney of Ariton, Alabama was crowned at the annual Alabama Watermelon Association Convention held in February.  She is a student at the University of Alabama, majoring in fashion and retail design.

To learn more about the Watermelon Association, visit www.watermelon.org .