As Lorain’s oldest-standing grocery store with the longest full-service meat counter in the United States, Fligner’s Market must be doing something right.
In 1924, the Fligner family opened the doors to its 25-by-80-foot produce storefront. Today, the fourth-generation grocer has expanded to a 35,000-square-foot facility — featuring a bakery, deli, catering and more.
The market’s mission of providing high-quality products at low prices still rings true today, as Fligner’s boasts that patrons will find products 60 percent cheaper than what’s available at big-box chain stores.
Patrons perusing the market’s aisles will find delicacies hailing from the farms of Northeast Ohio, as well as other parts of the globe including selections from Poland, Italy and Germany. As if that weren’t enough, employees bring patrons’ groceries out to their cars for them to finish a successful trip to the grocery store.
Perhaps most impressive of the market’s wares, however, is the wide selection of meat offered at the deli.
Across 36 feet of refrigerated display cases, customers can feast their eyes on chicken salad, ham salad, snack sticks, jerky, smoked kielbasa, pastrami, deli cheeses and smoked pork chops, just to name a few. An experienced butcher will answer any questions and be on hand to custom cut customers’ selections.
Despite the booming success, the market’s staff refuses to rest on its laurels.
“One challenge has been to stay on the cutting edge of what is happening in the deli world, always making sure we have the latest and best products out there for our customers,” says Kim Szymanel, bakery manager.
1854 Broadway Ave., Lorain, 440-244-5173, flignersmarket.com