Hometown grocery store undergoes changes, welcomes new owner

Thursday, December 7, 2017
From left, owner of the Farm Fresh Foodtown & Liquor, Samy Chodha takes a picture with his cousin, Kevin Kumar, who will be cutting meat, in the meat department of the grocery store. Samy took ownership of the former Majeres Foodtown on Monday, November 27, 2017. (Photo by Megan Sabin)

As you travel to the Remsen hometown grocery store, you might notice a few changes taking place outside the building and inside in the aisles. The former Majeres Foodtown is still open for business, but under the direction of new owner, Samy Chodha and under the new name for the business, Farm Fresh Foodtown & Liquor.

Operations from Mike and John Majeres of Majeres Foodtown were officially handed over to Samy and the new Farm Fresh Foodtown & Liquor on Monday, November 27, 2017. Mike and John had been teaching Samy “the ropes” of the grocery business for about three weeks before Samy took over ownership. Samy stated, “We catch on quick and we’re still jumping into it. We’re still working on it because when you are alone, you need to know things. Everybody makes mistakes and we learn from that too.”

The same great quality goods will still be sold at Farm Fresh Foodtown & Liquor, such as the bakery and meat departments, and of course those famous square Majer burgers, but there will be some additions. Samy explains, “We are selling the same stuff, but going to add on liquor, and we will do some deli work. In the summer time, we plan on building a beer cave. We will also have liquor sampling and some vegan options.”

Old and new owners of the grocery store took a commemorative picture together to mark the changing of ownership during the Meet & Greet event, which was held on Friday, November 17 at Majeres Foodtown. Picture from left: John Majeres, Majeres Footown owner; Kanika, family of Samy; Samy Chodha, owner of Farm Fresh Foodtown & Liquor; Karan, family of Samy; Mike Majeres, Majeres Footown owner; and Kevin, butcher at Farm Fresh Foodtown & Liquor and family of Samy. (Photo by Megan Sabin)

The grocery store has some new hours as well, as it will be open seven days a week, Monday - Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Samy has gained some job experience from other stores that he has ran in the past in Arizona and still runs today in California. He stated, “We had a grocery market in Arizona before, and after that a liquor store in Anaheim in Orange County next to Disneyland. We are still running that one. We also have a liquor store in Long Beach as well.”

What Samy likes about Remsen is the small town feeling, “I like a small town, quiet. I’m from a metropolitan city but I like the small town community and supporting it, give them my service and I am here to make money too. I like the quiet neighborhood.”

When asked how he liked Remsen so far, he stated, “The people in Remsen are really sweet, really lovely and caring. They are respectful.”

Samy expressed his plans to be available to anyone, whenever they may need him, “If they need any help of mine, even at 2 or 3 o’ clock in the morning, they can call me, and I am happy to open the store for them.” He can be reached by cell phone at 562-266-7422.

He also wants to be able to deliver to the Oyens area, “I want to talk to the mayor and let the people and the public know that I want to deliver to Oyens people. I’m OK for it.” He also plans to deliver anytime, any day, just give him a call.

When describing himself, Samy stated, “I’m a very simple person and am a family oriented person.” Samy is married and has two children (ages seven and ten) still living in Los Angeles. When he is not busy with work, he “enjoys watching television and shopping, something simple”. He is also a vegan.

Samy will be the sole owner of the grocery store, but his cousin, Kevin Kumar, will work as a butcher in the meat department.

Welcome to Remsen!