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2018-12-05 / News

Sidney Center General Store Opens: The Rebirth of a Historic Hamlet Begins

By Patty Lollot


Light, bright and full of baked goods, deli, produce, and staple groceries, the store offers the community a place to shop, visit, and dine. Patty Lollot/The Reporter Light, bright and full of baked goods, deli, produce, and staple groceries, the store offers the community a place to shop, visit, and dine. Patty Lollot/The Reporter SIDNEY CENTER - “We opened the store in response to the community’s overwhelming need for a local place to shop,” said owner Cindy Kroll of her newly opened Sidney Center General Store. Located on Main Street, across the street from the post office and just a short stroll down the street to the library and church, Kroll hopes that the store will serve as a community hub, not only for necessities, but also for social interaction.

Along with her husband, Eric, Kroll said the store offers not only staples such as canned and packaged groceries, but also fresh, local produce when available, a fully stocked deli featuring Thumann cold cuts, cheeses, salads, dairy products, frozen goods, baked goods featuring Entenmann’s and Perry’s ice cream and novelties.


Outside the Sidney Center Grocery Store are owner Cindy Kroll and her helper, Stacey Sullivan, next to the handicap accessible entrance. Lollot/The Reporter Outside the Sidney Center Grocery Store are owner Cindy Kroll and her helper, Stacey Sullivan, next to the handicap accessible entrance. Lollot/The Reporter “We’d like to see people come here after church and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends as well as pick up whatever they need,” she explained. To that end, the store offers a cozy corner with dining tables and a coffee bar. Free wi-fi is available to those who need it, and area newspapers are for sale.

The store also offers hot dishes for dining in, or takeout. “In addition to the popular pizza and wings specials, we have burgers, chicken tenders and Philly cheese steaks, among other choices,” said Kroll. She added that there are menu selections that change frequently and “dinner meal deals” for those who need a break from their kitchens, or are running late and want a hot, ready to serve dinner.

For special occasions, the store will make up platters and special menus to order by calling ahead, noted Kroll. Other additions include personal toiletries, over the counter remedies, pet food, and greeting cards.

“We are handicap accessible, pet friendly, and our prices are competitive with larger stores in Walton and Sidney,” continued Kroll, explaining that the store wants to accommodate as many as possible in the community.

Optimism is high in the hamlet now that three condemned buildings - longtime eyesores - are being taken down, noted Jessica Farrell, a Sidney Center resident and strong advocate of the community. Expressing her happiness that the hamlet will have its own grocery store, she said that she hopes this will encourage friends and groups to come for meetings and get-togethers as well as support the store.

Special events are also in the works for the holidays at the store which will draw families in further to enjoy a sense of community.

Kroll said that the Sidney Center Improvement Group has played an important part to improve the community. “We are trying desperately to change the hamlet for the better,” she conPatty cluded.

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