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Youngwood Corner Market settles in to neighborhood

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Employees of the Youngwood Corner Market include (first row, from left) Ryan Halterman and Travis Keller; (second row) owner Ed Christafano; Dianne Christafano; Becky Carl; Callie Madden and Dawn Wagner in a photograph taken Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Youngwood Corner Market in Youngwood. Marilyn Forbes | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal

Patrons entering the new Youngwood Corner Market will feel like they are taking a step back in time.

The new business in the borough is packed with fresh produce, grocery items, a full-scale deli and convenience items that will fill every shoppers' needs.

And they deliver.

“We want to make all of our customers feel at home,” said Ed Christofano, the store's owner, adding that the delivery service is just something that he feels is a nice, traditional service he is only too happy to offer. “There are a lot of elderly people in the area who may not be able to get out or single mothers with families that we deliver to,” he said.

Opened in early fall, the store is located on the busy route right through the heart of Youngwood.

“Business has been good,” Christofano said.

The store has filled a long-time void for the residents of Youngwood, who previously had to travel 10 miles to get groceries before the market opened.

“This is wonderful,” customer Beth Ridge of Youngwood said. “I used to drive to Mt. Pleasant just to grab a few items. Now I only have to drive a few blocks.”

The store offers a full deli, which Christofano says has been received very well by customers. The business also offers a large variety of fresh, made to order salads and “sammiches.”

“All of the “sammiches” are made to order,” Christofano said, adding that they are served in six-inch and 12-inch portions, along with a three-foot selection called “The Godfather.”

Also featured is Christofano's mother Dianne's famous “Italian roast beef,” or what he referred to as “Mimi's” roast beef.

The market also has a wide selection of fresh produce, fresh made bread from local vendors and full selection of Delallo products.

“We support a lot of the local vendors in the area,” Christofano said.

The business also offers catering, Pennsylvania Lottery, ample parking and great customer service.

“We are all about family here,” Christofano said. “Our employees know everyone's names and we listen. We listen to our customers and what their needs are.”

And the employees return the feeling of shared camaraderie.

“I love coming to work,” said co-manager Dawn Wagner. “I really love my job. I love the people I work with and I love the customers.”

The feedback has been nothing but positive to the little market that has managed to fill the needs of the community in a big way, Christofano said.

“We are convenient and affordable and we carry the things that you want,” he said. “We offer a nice, clean grocery store that has great customer service. My employees are all great people and cheerful and they create a happy atmosphere for our customers.”

The Youngwood Corner Market accepts cash, food stamps and major credit cards.

They are located at 1 N. 4th St. It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, visit the business's website at

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.