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Constantino’s continues catering to its loyal neighborhood clientele, opening new location in Lakewood

Lakewood native Andrew Revy readies the fifth location of Constantino’s, which opens in early December. He is excited to bring a neighborhood grocery store to Lakewood, which will be located on Sloane Avenue.

By SUE REID

Lakewood resident Andrew Revy has much to be excited about these days.

As part of the second generation of Constantino’s neighborhood grocers, he is not only bracing for the opening of the company’s fifth store, but he is reveling in the fact that it is in his own back yard.

The 46-year-old Lakewood High School graduate, along with his wife and fellow Lakewood High School graduate Anna Mavromichalis, will premiere Constantino’s Dec. 7 on Sloane Avenue in Lakewood. The store, which established itself as Cleveland’s neighborhood grocery store for more than a decade, also has locations downtown Cleveland, on University Circle as well as two cafes.

“It’s a really cool feeling being back in the town you grew up in to open a neighborhood store,” said Mr. Revy, who serves as company chief executive officer.

 

He will recognize many of the faces who walk into the store next month, he continued, as he still has quite a few friends in the area.

“We are excited and happy to continue growing Constantino’s,” Mr. Revy said. The downtown and University Circle stores are fantastic as are the newer markets, one in the Flats and another across from Cleveland State University.

Measuring about 10,000 square feet, the Lakewood location has everything one would need, said Mr. Revy, walking up and down each aisle and excitedly explaining all their store’s offerings.

There’s an extensive produce section, featuring locally sourced items from Ohio farms, an extensive organic section, a cheese island, a variety of cold-pressed and natural juices, specialty meats, bulk items such as nuts and grains, a vegan/vegetarian section, a dairy section featuring locally sourced milk, a bakery, and the list goes on.

“It’s a smaller store format than the great big super stores, but we have everything you need,” he said.

Constantino’s prides itself on its prepared foods that cater to those with busy lifestyles, Mr. Revy continued, stopping to describe popular offerings from its “Grab n Go” section. Restaurant quality, chef-prepared foods including seafood pasta, their famous spaghetti and meatballs, homemade soups like turnkey lavender and carrot ginger, as well as chowders and jambalaya are just some of the more popular choices.

“We have a lot of regular customers at our current stores,” he said, “and they know what they like. That’s one of the neat things about a neighborhood grocery store.”

Being small and family owned translates into quicker responses to customer’s needs, Mr. Revy noted.

As part of the store’s expansion in Lakewood, they will also set up a corporate headquarters there, Mr. Revy explained.

“We can cement our processes and global practices and ensure other stores follow suit,” he added. “We want to make sure we don’t lose a step with our current store.

“All of our stores are important,” Mr. Revy said. “We are extremely excited to open. Lakewood is a fantastic community.”

They will continue some traditions associated with Constantino’s at the new location, such as monthly wine tastings on Fridays. Customers can choose from a vast selection of craft beer, wine and champagne.

“We look forward to introducing new items here,” Mr. Revy said, such as extensive vegan and vegetarian options, bulk foods and an enhanced bakery, among other sections.

“We are constantly striving to be the best,” he added. “That’s part of our growth too.”

The neat thing about a neighborhood store is that regulars know what they like and find it quickly on the shelves.

Mr. Revy will celebrate the opening of the store alongside his wife Anna and the couple’s two children, Sofia, 8, and Zoltan, 6. Anna’s father Costas founded the store, starting with convenient stores in the Cleveland area, and is enjoying his retirement, Mr. Revy said.

The downtown Constantino’s opened in 2005 as Cleveland experienced its Renaissance. That is when Mr. Revy came on board to work with the transition.

“That was the infancy of the second generation,” he said. “This expansion has allowed us to enhance a lot of our operations that will improve other stores with buying power and operational efficiencies.

“Our number one goal is to take care of customers.”

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