Summit Discount Groceries
Shopkeeping started out as a hobby for Ada Yoder, but the combination of discount groceries and Amish customer service brought in more business than expected. So after four years of booming sales from a converted mobile home, Ada and husband Mervin decided to expand. They found the perfect location – a former church built in 1846 – and a bank willing to lend most of the renovation costs. But they were still $75,000 short.
Luckily the Yoders’ banker, Lee Newell of First National Bank, knew whom to call. The Progress Fund quickly reviewed the business plan and agreed to lend the remaining $75,000.
Summit Discount Groceries continues to offer inexpensive, high-quality foods. The Yoders have added an Amish crafts section with dolls, grandfather clocks, paintings, rocking chairs and children’s toys – “Unique stuff you can’t buy at Wal-Mart,” says Ada. The renovated church, with its original beams and trusses exposed, is the area’s newest tourist draw. What was once a hobby has become an economic workhorse.View Story as PDF