Buehler’s Fresh Foods grocery store was founded in 1929 by E.L. (Ed) Buehler and his wife, Helen. The store is still run by the Buehler family, and has grown to 13 stores – all in northeast Ohio.
After opening their first store in New Philadelphia, the Buehler family moved the business to Wooster in 1932 and opened a store near the northeast corner of Public Square. The new store prospered under Ed’s direction with his emphasis on customer service, free delivery, garden-fresh produce and a clean, friendly grocery store atmosphere.
On October 18, 2017, E&H Family Group, parent company of Buehler’s, announced the sale of its 13 supermarkets to employees in the form of an employee stock ownership program (ESOP). All 2,100 employees were retained in the transition, with eligible employees becoming owners. All 13 supermarkets remained open with the same hours of operation.
The Buehlers believed that selling to their own employees was the best way to assure the continuation of the innovative and creative spirit that has made the Ohio grocery store chain a pacesetter for independent grocers nationwide.
Our mission is still simple and straightforward–to offer an exceptional shopping experience that exceeds each customer’s changing expectations through friendly, caring people and personal relationships based on trust.