Grand opening set for new Leetonia Market Drive Thru

The owner of the Leetonia Market Drive Thru, Mihiar Albdour, stands in front of the newly re-opened convenience store at 433 Columbia St. It is his first business venture and he will be joined by Leetonia village officials at noon Monday for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

The owner of the Leetonia Market Drive Thru, Mihiar Albdour, stands in front of the newly re-opened convenience store at 433 Columbia St. It is his first business venture and he will be joined by Leetonia village officials at noon Monday for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

LEETONIA–“I’m very glad to see this place open,” Mill Street resident Emily Ayers said Thursday about the Leetonia Market Drive Thru at 433 Columbia St.

“I’m very glad to have a store close to my home,” she added.

Owned by Mihiar Albdour, the business, after a lot of upgrade work, opened on Nov. 6 to serve the village with a large menu of Italian entrees, Sicilian pizza, a wide offering of deli selections, beer, wine, soft drinks and household convenience purchases.

Albdour said this is his first business and credited Moe Ruhnea of Boardman with assisting him through the process.

“He helped and advised me with everything,” Albdour said.

The  Leetonia Market Drive Thru features a large deli selection plussubs and gyros. It is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. unti 10 p.m. on Sunday. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

The Leetonia Market Drive Thru features a large deli selection plussubs and gyros. It is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. unti 10 p.m. on Sunday. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

“I have looked for a business for a long time,” Albdour said. “The village was a good idea … to have a store here.”

He said, “I was a little bit scared, but from the first day we opened I had a very good feeling. People made you feel that way.”

Mo Hassan is the chef and Sicilian pizza specialist. He said all the ingredients are 90 percent fresh and homemade and he pre-works the dough. That is, he half bakes it first and then when its ready for an order it gets the full treatment in the oven.

“They like it crunchy,” Hassan said, “Sicily is different from Italy.”

Customer Frank Phillips said, “It’s very unique pizza. You can’t get it anywhere else. The dough is out of sight … it’s to die for.”

Ayers said, “They have very special pepperoni rolls. They are so good.”

Sophelia Rohrer of Somer Street said, “I’m really glad it’s open. It’s a nice place and it’s convenient … and I love the subs.”

Kaleb Brown of Leetonia sampled one slice of pizza. That’s all he needed to simply say, “It was awesome.”

Rohrer said the new owners “help you in any way … if you want something special they will get it, just call 20 minutes early. They also explain about the dinner specials.”

The speicals are listed on a board to the left, just inside the front doors. Dinners include spaghetti, garlic bread and salad. Lasagna, chicken parmigiana and Gyros are also on then menu.

The Leetonia Market Drive Thru also has a large selection of domestic beers and wine and is an Ohio Lottery agent.

Albdour said the store has a number of specials it’s offering– for example, a free 2-liter soft drink with a 16-inch pizza. Customers can ask for specials.

A ribbon-cutting will be held at noon Monday with Mayor Kevin Siembida and village officials.

The Leetonia Market Drive Thru is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. unti 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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