Main Street Spotlight

Business Spotlight: Ashland Food Mart

Ashland Food Mart opened its doors at 128 Thompson Street in December 2015. Since then, owner Krunal Patel has been hard at work to meet the community’s needs. The convenience store caters to all Ashlanders by carrying a wide range of food, beverages, and everyday essentials.

The business thrives on friendly staff and dependable hours. Open 6am to 11pm, all year, and in all weather conditions, Ashland Food Mart is a reliable source for your last-minute needs.

Owner Krunal Patel hails from Gujarat, India and holds degrees in Finance and Accounting from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is a savvy entrepreneur, eager to be integrated into the Ashland community.

Stop in today! You’ll be impressed with everything from the craft beer selection to Krunal’s tales of international travel.

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