Valley Mart adds deli counter
Recorder/ Geoff Bluh Muhammad Hamayun, owner of the Valley Mart store on Mill St. in Greenfield stands in front of the deli case that is a new feature of the store; sons Taha , 9 and Wahab ,15 are at right.
GREENFIELD — Hoping to revive itself as a neighborhood market, Valley Mart on Mill Street has added a deli counter and will now be serving fresh sandwiches, along with the soups, hot dogs, pizza and popcorn it currently serves for lunch.
Owner Muhammad S. Hamayun said his customers will be able to buy deli meats and cheeses throughout the day and store-made sandwiches between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Valley Mart is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hamayun, who used to own the Dairy Mart on the corner of Federal and Silver streets, until a gas pump fire there caused it to close in 2005, bought the Valley Mart business about seven years ago.
He said he has a business degree from a university in Pakistan and has worked in many convenience stores since he moved to the United States from Pakistan in the late 1980s.
“We want this store to be a great neighborhood store that caters to everyone’s needs,” said Hamayun.
Valley Mart currently sells groceries, including milk, bread, ice cream and canned goods, as well as drinks, lottery tickets, cigarettes, newspapers and more. It does not sell alcohol.
Hamayun said he will also be adding a small international section, where he will sell prepackaged Mexican, Russian-Moldovan, and spicy Indian-Pakistani foods.
According to Hamayun, in the 1930s and 1940s, Valley Mart was called Mill Street Store. From the 1950s into the 1970s, it was Charlie and Doris’, owned by Charlie and Doris Holmquist. It became Valley Farms in the 1980s, and when the owner before Hamayun bought it, he changed the name to Valley Mart.
“I kept the name so people would recognize it,” said Hamayun.
For more information, call Valley Mart at 413-772-0997.