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By Marjorie Wertz
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006
 

Delmont will hold on to a community supermarket.

The name will change but the store will remain when John and Joe Spagnolo take ownership of Fatur's for an undisclosed price.

There will be no interruption in service, according to John Spagnolo.

The Spagnolos already own three Foodland supermarkets in Glassport and West Mifflin, Allegheny County, and in Ford City, Armstrong County. "We walked into Fatur's and got a really good feel for the town," said John Spagnolo, 23, of Cranberry, Butler County. "Fatur's is a great little store; very family-oriented."

His grandfather, James Spagnolo Sr., started in the produce business on Pittsburgh's North Side before opening a small Red and White store.

When Charley Brothers unfurled the Shop 'n Save banner in Western Pennsylvania, James Spagnolo Sr. opened one of the first 13 Shop 'n Save stores in the area.

"My grandfather brought our family into the supermarket business," said John Spagnolo. "He has passed away so now we're hoping he's watching us from above and giving us his blessing on purchasing Fatur's."

The Spagnolos met Roy Fatur, whose family has owned the Delmont store since 1927, through their affiliation with SuperValu.

"When my uncle and I met Roy, we hit it off right away," Spagnolo said. "We knew we wanted to keep that store in Delmont."

The sale won't be completed until the license for the Pennsylvania Lottery is transferred.

"We'll be in there in the next 45 to 60 days," Spagnolo said. "The place will get a bit of a facelift -- new paint -- and we're going to change the name to Spagnolo's Foodland. We're going to let Roy take the family name. He's such a gentleman and his wife, Carol, is a bowl of joy."

Fatur said the sale came very quickly.

"The Spagnolos had looked at the store awhile ago. They came back, and in a few days time, they bought it," he added. "I think it will work out very well for my employees."

Spagnolo said competition with the Route 22 Super Wal-Mart doesn't concern him.

"We can't be comparable to Wal-Mart in price, but we can beat them in service. We like to meet the customers, shake hands, share hugs," he said.

Delmont Councilwoman Cher Anderson said the town will benefit from the store staying open under new ownership.

"It's just wonderful and I welcome their business to the borough," she said. "This gives everybody that little store to go to that's so convenient."

Once the sale is finalized, Fatur said he's not sure what he'll do.

"I'm not ready to stay home all day," Fatur said. "I'm very glad there's going to be a grocery store in Delmont."

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