Leo Braido, owner of the Oberlin IGA, was recognized as the 2015 Retailer of the Year by Laurel Grocery Company.
Leo Braido has received the Retailer of the Year Award from the Laurel Grocery Company after spending a year renovating and remodeling the Oberlin IGA.
He purchased the store on Rt. 511 last fall and has widened its food products to include ethnic and natural foods.
Braido also had the inside of the store decorated with historic photos and new signage, installed all-new coolers, and expanded lunch and coffee options.
“My goal has been from day one here to provide Oberlin a clean, friendly, and well-run food store that the community can continue to be proud of,” he said. “We hear from our customers what they like and what they don’t and we adjust our store continually to better serve them.”
Braido began his food industry career in Barnesville, Ohio, in 1983 and always wanted to own a grocery store.
“I was fortunate to find a quality food store for sale that had been successful for many years with an owner ready to retire,” he said. “In addition, I saw a lot of opportunity to grow the business, which is the course we set out on beginning last year.”
The owner is a member of the Oberlin Rotary Club, the Oberlin Business Partnership board, and the Oberlin Community Services board.
“One of my goals here in Oberlin is to enrich the community and make a difference and I will always work as hard at doing that as a I do running my store,” Braido said. “It’s truly a dream come true to have my own store.”