By AMANDA PURCELL
One of Ogdensburg’s oldest corner stores, Murray’s Food Store, has reopened under new ownership.
Longtime friends Scott A. Sellers and William “Diesel” Shaver are leasing the building located at 502 King St., and are looking to carry on the store’s proud legacy that spanned over three generations in the Murray family.
The corner deli and store has a history that stems over 40 years.
The store became known as Murray’s after veteran meat cutter Joseph “Paul” Murray purchased the store in 1962 from the Worth Kinney family.
Following the late Mr. Murray at the helm of the corner store was his son, Gene A., and all seven of Mr. Murray’s children — Jim, Jay, Paula, Jere, Gene, John, and Eileen — worked there in some capacity growing up.
The addition of Gene and Lisa Murray’s daughter, Andrea Murphy, made it a three-generation business.
Over the course of three generations, fresh meat and salads, prepared meals and daily specials, subs, sandwiches and a grocery store that delivers was the reputation that Murray’s built.
“We are hoping to offer a lot of items from Gene’s menu,” Mr. Seller said. “He had a lot of great offerings here and a great following. It is a big set of shoes to fill. Everyone knows Murray’s. It’s one of the last mom-and-pop corner stores. We want to do our best to live up to the name. We tell everyone if there is something you don’t like about it, let us know, and we’ll change it”
Mr. Shaver, who also prepared food at Oscar’s Restaurant for over 15 years, has created some of the store’s lunch and dinner specials, including sloppy Joes, spaghetti and meatballs and fresh pizzas.
The store is also hoping to sell baked goods and made-to-order cakes and pies.
“Anything someone would want, they can come and ask for it and we can see if we can accommodate them,” Mr. Sellers said. “Homemade goods cost a little more to make, but the ingredients are real and worth the effort.”
Soon the store will offer groceries and delivery — just like the old Murray’s.
The store is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 10:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The store is open, but still undergoing renovations. To place an order or ask for daily lunch and dinner specials, call 528-6081.