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The owner of a small family-run delicatessen, market and manufacturing plant called "Ohanyan's Corner". The title of the deli is kept from the name of the previous owner and it has been a fixture at Shields and West avenues in [[Fresno]], CA, for 25 years. Besides Armenian and Middle Eastern foods, including dry bulk lentils, rice, bulgur and garbanzo beans, cans of grape leaves, jars of Armenian cucumber pickles and preserves made from eggplant, pumpkin or rose petals it also offers Armenian sausages made in the small manufacturing plant in the back of the building. Hayik Garabetyan, 32, son of Garabetyan has also worked in the family business since he was 8, and he left college to join his father.
January 20, 2005, Thursday FINAL EDITION
 
 
 
Ohanyan's Corner Family-run deli has offered Armenian foods for 25
 
years.
 
 
 
Paula Lloyd THE FRESNO BEE
 
 
 
The pungent smell of spices and the rhythmic thump of a
 
sausage-making machine fill Ohanyan's Deli on a recent chilly
 
morning. The small family-run delicatessen, market and manufacturing
 
plant has been a fixture at Shields and West avenues for 25 years.
 
 
 
Markos Garabetyan kept the name of the previous owner when he bought
 
the shop. A deli case is stocked with Armenian sausages made in the
 
small manufacturing plant in the back of the building.  
 
 
 
Garabetyan came to America from his native Turkey in 1976.
 
 
 
His son, Hayik Garabetyan, 32, has worked in the family business
 
since he was 8. He left college to join the family business. The best
 
education, he says, "is hands-on experience."
 
 
 
 
Hayik Garabetyan's uncle, Jerry Hancer, and cousin, Robert Hancer,
 
Hayik Garabetyan's uncle, Jerry Hancer, and cousin, Robert Hancer,
 
also run the family business, which includes a plant at Ashlan and
 
also run the family business, which includes a plant at Ashlan and
Valentine avenues where pasta and dried meat are made.
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Valentine avenues in Fresno, CA where pasta and dried meat are made.
 
 
"We sell to all the other Armenian delis in town," Hayik Garabetyan
 
says, and in turn Ohanyan's Deli carries pastries and breads from
 
local Armenian bakeries.
 
 
 
The shelves at Ohanyan's are stocked with Armenian and Middle Eastern
 
foods, including dry bulk lentils, rice, bulgur and garbanzo beans,
 
cans of grape leaves, jars of Armenian cucumber pickles and preserves
 
made from eggplant, pumpkin or rose petals.
 
 
 
The neighborhood has changed around the small shop.
 
 
 
"I've seen kids grow up here who come in," Hayik Garabetyan says, but
 
his father expresses frustration at the way he says the neighborhood
 
has shifted.
 
 
 
Walking out to the alley behind the store, Markos Garabetyan points
 
to trash against his building and graffiti on a nearby fence.
 
 
 
"The rent is cheaper than up north, but my customers complain," he
 
says about trash and panhandlers. "When I started, there was a lot of
 
call for retail."
 
 
 
"Every day varies," Hayik Garabetyan says. "Sometimes it's busy. For
 
the holidays, it's mainly for the products we sell."
 
 
 
But customers still come in for sandwiches. Above the counter is a
 
sign advertising a lunch special: a turkey sandwich, soda and baklava
 
for $4.
 
 
 
"You cannot buy that in town anywhere," says Markos Garabetyan with a
 
grin. "We try to bring the customers. Is business trick."
 
 
 
The reporter can be reached at plloyd@fresnobee.com or or at (559)
 
441-6756.
 
 
 
GRAPHIC: PHOTOS BY TOMAS OVALLE -- THE FRESNO BEE Hayik Garabetyan
 
makes a sandwich at Ohanyan's. Garabetyan has been in the family
 
business since age 8.
 
Shields and West avenues in Fresno is the site of Ohanyan's, which
 
includes a deli, market and manufacturing plant.
 
  
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==Sources==
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*''Ohanyan's Corner Family-run deli has offered Armenian foods for 25 years'', By Paula Lloyd. [[The Fresno Bee]], CA, January 20, 2005
  
 
[[Category:Armenian Individuals|Garabetyan, Markos]]
 
[[Category:Armenian Individuals|Garabetyan, Markos]]

Latest revision as of 09:41, 20 December 2007

The owner of a small family-run delicatessen, market and manufacturing plant called "Ohanyan's Corner". The title of the deli is kept from the name of the previous owner and it has been a fixture at Shields and West avenues in Fresno, CA, for 25 years. Besides Armenian and Middle Eastern foods, including dry bulk lentils, rice, bulgur and garbanzo beans, cans of grape leaves, jars of Armenian cucumber pickles and preserves made from eggplant, pumpkin or rose petals it also offers Armenian sausages made in the small manufacturing plant in the back of the building. Hayik Garabetyan, 32, son of Garabetyan has also worked in the family business since he was 8, and he left college to join his father. Hayik Garabetyan's uncle, Jerry Hancer, and cousin, Robert Hancer, also run the family business, which includes a plant at Ashlan and Valentine avenues in Fresno, CA where pasta and dried meat are made.

Sources

  • Ohanyan's Corner Family-run deli has offered Armenian foods for 25 years, By Paula Lloyd. The Fresno Bee, CA, January 20, 2005