The face of business will change slightly in Fulton County, as one business closes, another is poised to sell, and a third gets a reprieve from local government.
Fresh Encounter Inc., the parent company of Community Market in Delta, reached out to village officials after the store’s lease was set to expire. Village Administrator Brad Peebles said the village council approved emergency concessions to ensure the grocery remained open.
They include rebating the business’s income tax and providing free water and sanitary sewer services, both for a period of one year. The free services took effect in April, and the tax rebate, totaling between $6,000-$7,000, will be completed within about 45 days.
After a year, both concessions will be reviewed to determine whether they should continue. Peebles said a village incentive program routinely offers all new businesses free water and sewer service and tax rebates for three years.
“We want to retain our downtown business core,” Peebles said. “Without question, the village council believed that access to groceries, pharmacy, within the community are very important.”
He said at one time the village community was without a grocery, and “it was a significant negative impact to the community and its residents.”
Fresh Encounter spokesperson Julie Anderson said the grocer will remain open.
“We were wanting to make sure that the store was sustained and able to thrive, and so we did work out some lease negotiations to make sure that that was still running at a decent level to be able to keep it open,” she said. ”We are, in fact, keeping it open, and are excited to continue to serve the community of Delta.”
In Wauseon, Fifth Third Bank at 1379 N. Shoop Ave. will permanently close its doors July 30. “As customer preferences and activities shift, we continuously look to evolve and optimize our branch network to ensure that we’re operating as efficiently and effectively as possible,” Anna Kolin, regional marketing manager, said.
All of the branch’s employees will transfer to other areas, she said. Wauseon customers will be able to bank at the Swanton and Waterville branches. Fifth Third ATM machines will remain available at the Rite Aid pharmacy in Wauseon and the Speedway gas station in Delta.
Other branches closing include those in Bryan, Findlay, and Sandusky, Kolin said. Fifth Third will maintain 40 offices in northwest Ohio and Monroe County, Michigan.
Kam Wah 28, a Chinese restaurant serving Wauseon for 25 years, is seeking a buyer so owner Kam Fok can retire. Fok said he wants to sell or lease the building at 1432 N. Shoop Ave. as soon as possible. His asking price is $389,000.
Opened in 1994, the restaurant offers Chinese, Asian, American, vegetarian, and vegan dishes. It was remodeled in 2014, and underwent an extensive kitchen remodel in 2017.
“My business is still in good shape, so it’s the best time to sell,” Fok said. He said there is currently one interested buyer but no formal deal has been made.
The family previously owned and operated the Kam Wah restaurant in Waterville, Ohio.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.