With five owners-- four brothers and sisters, plus one nephew-- the store naturally emanates a family atmosphere, said Schiel's Plains Manager Gary Ankner.
"I often say, it is not what I want to sell, it is what the customer wants to buy," Ankner
With a focus on customer convenience, the store offers a delivery service, with up to 200 deliveries scheduled between the two stores each week.
Deliveries range from parts of Kingston and Forty Fort to Plains and Wilkes-Barre.
"The Wilkes-Barre store does far more deliveries," he
noted that between the two stores, the company employs 250-300 people.
has participated for the past four years and this year raised about $45,000, Ankner
Thinking about the future of neighborhood markets, Ankner
stated that small markets will have a hard time competing with the prices offered by larger chain stores such as Walmart
, but feels the neighborhood market will survive.