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This -N- That Grocery Set to Open February 28th in Oakland

Last Updated on Feb 21, 2020 at 9:24am | Garrett County Economic Development

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. Staff Writer: Brenda Ruggiero. Photo Credit: Brenda Ruggiero.
Owners Susanna Pannell and Anthony Brodak are pictured with their two children, Ivan and Jade.This -N- That Grocery is set to open on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Brodak Plaza in Oakland.
The store is a locally owned and operated discount store offering a wide variety of grocery items, including meats and dairy.
Owners Anthony Brodak and Susanna Pannell are currently engaged to be married and have two children, 4-year-old son Ivan and 1-year-old daughter Jade.
“We want to have things priced lower so people can afford to grocery shop,” Pannell said. “We are a family of four, and going to the grocery store isn’t always fun when you see the ending cost. So we just want to be affordable so people don’t have to worry about their wants opposed to what they need. They can still get what they want here at an affordable price.”
She noted that the main products will be grocery items, but other odds and ends will be available, such as paper products and some medicines.
“We’re going to have a lot of different items such as steaks, chicken — everything basically that you could want in freezer food,” she said. “We just got signed up yesterday with a dairy person, so we’re going to have cheeses, sour creams and yogurts.”
Pannell said she worked in vacation rentals for about 10 years, but has been a stay-at-home mom since the birth of their son.
“Both kids are old enough to be able to run around,” she said. “We try to make it fun for them.”
Brodak grew up with his parents running various businesses in the area, including a grocery store, liquor store and banquet hall.
He has also owned the Vapor Hut in the plaza for about seven years.
“I’m trying to branch out to help in other ways,” he said.
Pannell noted that the person who does most of their ordering has worked with multiple people through different states trying to get the best prices.
“They come in mixed boxes, so it’s not even just one company,” she said. “So we’ve been working with multiple vendors for our stock.”
The couple noted that the space hadn’t been rented out for years, and someone mentioned that it would be the perfect spot for a discount grocery store.
“We had multiple ideas, but the discount grocery store was the biggest community thing I feel like ... could help people the most, so that’s why we chose to go this route,” Pannell said. “I think it will be a good addition to town, with people being able to grocery shop and make it affordable.”
Brodak noted that he’s been trying to bring in a lot of local stock, such as Kenny O’s Pet Food and a few local meats.
So far, the couple has gotten good feedback with people coming and wanting to shop.
They are going to try to do things themselves for the time being, with some help from family and friends.
“I’m so excited for people to be able to buy things,” Pannell said. “With me growing up, I would go into the store and my mom would be like, ‘We don’t need that.’ So for kids to be able to come and say, ‘I want this’ and for parents to be able to say ‘Okay, it’s a dollar,’ that’s exciting for us.”
Pannell noted that EBT payment will also be accepted at the store.
The store is located at 12743 Garrett Highway. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 to 6, Saturday from 9 to 5 and closed on Sunday.