Wednesday, May 29, 2024

True ‘neighborhood’ grocery store beats the odds to celebrate 100 years in business

by BIZ Magazine

Maggio Grocery is a third-generation family-owned grocery store.

Fairly new to America, but no stranger to hard work, Sam and Mary Maggio bought the store in 1923 and moved their family into the brick home behind it. They had three sons, Vincent, Joe, and Charlie Maggio.

Fueled by a strong Italian family work ethic and an honest commitment to local customers, Maggio Grocery has survived the Great Depression, economic ups and downs, the COVID shutdown, big-box stores, and internet shopping.

Third-generation owner Vince Maggio and his wife Sharon took over the store in 1985. “I was born in the store, lived in the store, and have spent most of my life taking care of our customers. It’s hard work, but you have to love what you do.”

According to Maggio, “seeing the community come together and do well is what makes it worth it.”

Vince Maggio was brought up to respect and help his community, and for him, that begins and ends with Bossier City. In addition to spending six to seven days a week at Maggio Grocery, Vince co-founded Cumberland Farms with longtime friend, Pastor Mark Rodie.  Cumberland Farms is a community garden and outreach ministry for the people of the neighborhood. The kids learn to garden, plant flowers and get to bring the fresh produce back to their families.

Maggio Grocery has grown over the past 100 years but the passion for the store has remained the same through three generations.

The Maggio family invites everyone for free coffee and donuts from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 25th.  The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 11 am to commemorate Maggio Grocery’s 100 years of service to the community.

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