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Jioio's owner gets exemption for business

| Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 1:31 a.m.

A mom-and-pop grocery store serving Greensburg apparently will be closing soon.

The city zoning hearing board unanimously approved a special exception that restaurateur Tony Jioio needed prior to buying Anderson's Market. Jioio said he plans to use the building for his catering and spaghetti sauce business.

Jioio, who discussed his plans for the building at yesterday's hearing, was unable to attend a similar session last month. A decision was tabled until this month's meeting so board members could talk to Jioio, owner of Jioio's Family Restaurant in nearby Carbon, Hempfield Township.

After the hearing, Jioio said he would wait at least 30 days for any possible appeal of the zoning board's decision to Westmoreland County Court before finalizing the deal with Bill and Karen Holtzer, market owners for nearly 50 years. Jioio declined to reveal the purchase price being discussed for the business at 612 Grove St.

Last month, Holtzer told the hearing board that he wants to retire. He said he began his efforts to sell the market last summer.

Jioio said he plans to use the building for his restaurant's catering business and to warehouse and distribute the spaghetti sauce that his business makes. He said the only sauce to be made at the Grove Street site would be for the catering operation.

His plans call for the business to be open between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days per week, Jioio said. He estimated the business would employ roughly 10 people.

Jioio said he believed the grocery store has more trucks coming to it than his business would.

"(It's) a grocery store, so he's getting deliveries all the time," Jioio said.

Only one person objected to the change at the hearing.

Mike Durda, who lives near the store and has been an Anderson's Market customer for about 40 years, asked Holtzer how hard he tried to sell the business.

Holtzer replied that he offered the business to at least three people.

"Nobody wants a small store, and you can't get help," he said.

Jioio has no plans to open a second restaurant at the Grove Street site, his attorney, Christopher Skatell, said last month.

Jioio's restaurant has been in business for about a decade, growing from a take-out pizza shop to a dine-in destination.

Anderson's Market opened in 1906.

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