Frobose family purchases Pemberville IGA, changes planned
The Frobose family has purchased the IGA store in Pemberville and plans a grand opening with special pricing discounts for Nov. 5.
Elaine Frobose said the store was purchased October 1 from Bill and Judy Beard, long time owners. The biggest change shoppers will see is a new meat case with full-serve meats on top and self-serve meats on the bottom. As a result, evening shoppers will be able to get fresh meat when the full-serve department is closed.
The store will continue to sell gas, lottery, videos and hot lunches in the deli, she said.
The new venture is truly a family affair. Son Jake is the store manager, son Zach the produce manager and daughter Abby works in the meat department. Husband Bob is the meat manager for both the IGA and Frobose Meat Locker, also located in Pemberville. Bob Frobose has been involved in the meat business for decades. He was the meat supervisor for many years for a chain of 10 stores in the tri-county area including a local store in Genoa.
Hours are Mon. through Sat. 8 to 9 and Sun. 8 to 6.
New vehicle sales in Lucas County are up 7.2 percent for the first nine months of the year, according to Bernie Quilter, Lucas County Clerk of Courts.
Titles issued totaled 17,377 versus 16,212 for the same time last year and 14,989 for the same period in 2010.
Closer to home, the seven auto dealers serving the Eastern Maumee Bay communities saw sales drop 6.8 percent, according to AutoView Online, a data management firm which takes its figures from the state bureau of motor vehicles.
Top selling vehicles locally are: Ford Fusion, sedan; Ford F-150, pick-up; and the Ford Escape, SUV.
Local dealers are: Baumann Chevrolet and Baumann Ford, Genoa; Dunn Chevy Buick, Oregon; Mathews Ford, Oregon; Keller Chevrolet, Gibsonburg; Rouen Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, Woodville; and Tri-Motors Ford, Oak Harbor.
Foreclosure in Lucas County for the first nine months of the year dropped 1.1 percent, according to figures released by Bernie Quilter, Lucas County Clerk of Courts. There were 2,196 foreclosures filings versus 2,220 for the same period last year. Since the recession hit in 2007, the highest number of filings occurred in the first nine months of 2009 when there were 3,244.
Cellular Central/Verizon Wireless will host its grand opening at 240 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor Monday October 29 at 9:30 am. Cellular Central is owned by George Simon and Andy Grombacher, who have been in business for 16 years with more than 50 locations throughout Ohio.
The store will be managed by Andrew Reynolds. Hours are Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. Noon to 5. You can reach them at 419-898-0259..
The right thing
Together in Education, the parent-teacher group at RC Waters Elementary, will host The Santa Shop on Friday, December 14th. Students will be able to purchase gifts for family, friends and pets in the safety and convenience of their own school.
Businesses that wish to participate can reserve a table in the gym. Items should be priced $1 to $5.
The goal is for children to learn the importance of saving their money, shopping local, and planning their purchases in a positive learning environment.
For a table reservation form or more information contact Valerie Winterfield at the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479.
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