The Key Food in Milford, formerly Grand Union and Milford Farms, has long been known for its rundown appearance. For decades, area residents have grumbled about its condition, especially in the last year, when it appeared to have stooped to a new low. Dark aisles, empty freezers and out of date equipment underscored the desperate need for an overhaul.
Now, it will be receiving a much-needed makeover and made to shine again, courtesy of the store’s new owner.
New Owner Junior Dabashi
Dabashi was born in Yemen and came to the United States in 1998. According to Dabashi, his family, who had already been here for years when he arrived, has been in the retail business ever since he can remember. Currently they own stores in Brooklyn, New York and one in upstate New York.
Dabashi is both passionate about running his own store, as well as getting involved with the community.
“My family has been in the retail business for over 40 years,” said Dabashi. “We are family operated, and we have stores in New York City and upstate New York. We have a lot of community stores, and my family wants to work with the people around us and our store.”
“It’s going to take a while, because we are family owned and operated, but the renovations will take place, and by the end of it, it will be like a brand new store,” Key Foods’ Owner, Junior Dabashi.
According to Dabashi, considerable work is needed throughout the store. Some of the coming changes include, new freezers, new cases in the meat and deli departments, as well as new produce and dairy cases. Registers will be replaced, and shelving throughout the entire store will be redone, all reflecting the attitude of the new ownership.
According to Dabashi, there are also larger projects already planned for the store. The floor, which has desperately needed replacing, will be redone and the leaky roof will be replaced. Signs inside the store will be cleaned and fixed to give them a fresh look. Finally, the crumbling parking lot will be re-paved in August.
“It’s going to take a while, because we are family owned and operated, but the renovations will take place, and by the end of it, it will be like a brand new store,” said Dabashi.
Dabashi also plans to gradually expand the store’s selections with products the store currently does not carry. He plans to incorporate natural and organic products, as well as gluten-free foods. According to Dabashi, shoppers can expect to see more selection and better quality foods as renovations proceed.
“There were too many things wrong with the store. There were no products and everything from the freezers to the signs were really old.” Key Food Owner, Junior Dabashi
To make the store successful, Dabashi is working to ensure that it has a solid place in the Milford community. Dabashi invites people to visit the store, and is looking forward to participating in community-centered events. Additionally, when the renovations are complete, a grand opening is planned with live music and food.
“We are going to try to work with the community and we’re going to be involved with events in the area,” said Dabashi. “My family has bought stores like this before, that are very rundown, and we work together as a family to clean them up and make them into community stores.”