After 88 years, Buehler's supermarkets sell ownership to employees

Posted at 7:07 AM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 07:08:42-04

A change is coming to a well-known family grocery chain in Northeast Ohio.

The Buehler family has owned its chain of grocery stores for 88 years, with more than a dozen locations across Northeast Ohio.

But not for long as the family made the decision to have employees control the company.

Buehler's ownership company said that decision was not taken lightly and their generation is approaching the age of retirement.

After 88 years, the family is calling it quits but adds there is no one more qualified to carry on the tradition that its own employees.

During the transition, Buehler's parent company, E&H Family Group announced that all 2,100 current employees will keep their jobs and eligible employees will take over ownership.

The family said it did not feel comfortable selling the stores to an outside company so instead, it will become an employee stock ownership program.

The new group will be known as Buehler's Fresh Foods and it will be headed by three of the supermarket's current executives.

The transition is not expected to affect customers and store hours will remain the same for the time being.

The E&H Family Group, Inc., and Buehler's also own more than 20 hardware stores in Ohio but this won't affect that business.