From General Store To Food Market
Dear Friends: Our Loyal Customers,
My Dad, Orville M. Ernst opened this store in 1945, in the village of Charlton. We started as a general store, selling various goods, however, the store eventually grew into the food market that we are known for today. In 1954, the year that I was born, my dad moved the store down the road to Clearspring—the location we have all come to know and love.
Growing up, I worked alongside my two brothers, Charles and Tommy, at the store. I eventually went off to college—the once Hagerstown Junior College and now Hagerstown Community College—to study Civil Engineering. Unfortunately the course was dropped, so I went back to work with my Dad at the store.
In 1973 I went to meat cutting school in Toledo, OH. I knew that was what I wanted to do. I liked it and have been doing it ever since. I took that education and brought it back to the store, and worked alongside my Dad, until his passing in 1987.
We’ve renovated a few times over the years—once in 1975, then again in 91’ and 08’. But the store’s roots are the same—the principles of my Mom and Dad and their kindness are still ever present in the store. This small business would not have amounted to anything without my Dad’s work ethics and leadership. God has always put great people in my family’s lives—to work alongside of us. I am a truly blessed man.
Ernst Market has been around for 70 glorious years. Every effort that was put forth by my Dad can still be seen today. He was the hardest working man I knew and you can see that reflected in my work, too.
I want to say thank you to all of our friends. I say friends because our customers are our friends. We all know each other’s names and that is one of the many things that makes our store thrive. Again, thank you for letting us be a part of your family for the past 70 years. It has truly been a blessing.