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Chanatry's Market: 100 Years and Counting

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Chanatry's Market is celebrating its 100th year in business. To mark the milestone, a local author and historian has written a book about the store's history.

Now on French Road in South Utica, the store opened in 1912 on Bleecker Street in East Utica.

Saturday morning, owner William Chanatry held a book signing along with the author of the book called "Chanatry's Market: 100 Years and Counting."

It was written by local author and historian Malio Carderelli.

Carderelli says he has known William Chanatry for more than 60 years, and has learned a lot about the Chanatry's business since working with him on his latest book. He said, "They started their business here in Utica in 1911. It was a push cart business. In 1912, they opened a store on Bleecker Street and were on Bleecker Street for many, many, many years."

Customers are glad to see a locally owned business continue to thrive with so many big box stores opening over over the past twenty years.

Shopper Jim Mitchell of Whitesboro says, "a local place being around 100 years, that's really something, handed down from generation to generation, amazing."

Chanatry says the book has been fun to work on, but insists his family's business principles have been consistent over the years. Chanatry said, "in the retail business, there's only a few variables, you've got quality pricing service." Principles he says continues to draw in customers.

He says he wants to thank those many customers, because without them, the family would have never made it to 100 years, and counting, "we deeply appreciate having them and we just can't do enough for them."

You can pick up a copy of "Chanatry's Market: 100 Years and Counting" at Chanatry's or online.

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