Hitchcock's Markets

Located next to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Homosassa, the new Hitchcock's Markets grocery store had a soft opening Aug. 1 and a formal opening is tentatively planned for Aug. 15.

First it was Sweetbay. Then it was Save-A-Lot. For a short time, it was an IGA before it became an independent grocer called Suncoast Marketplace.

Today, a new grocer has taken over the 15,500-square-foot spot inside Homosassa Square off U.S. 19 by Yulee Drive: Hitchcock’s Markets.

Located next to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, the new store had a soft opening Aug. 1 and a formal opening is tentatively planned for Aug. 15.

If you haven’t heard of this family-run chain, you’re not alone. There aren’t that many around. The chain has about 11 stores in rural areas throughout Florida. The closest ones are in Alachua and Levy counties, including Williston. It recently opened a store in St. Petersburg.

On its website, Hitchcock’s - founded in 1945 - prides itself as having “clean, well-stocked, quality products and service-driven food stores just like the city folks (have).”

Store spokeswoman Giselle Alvarez said Hitchcock’s prides itself on meat-made-fresh every day, custom cuts and a small-town ambience. Each store, she said, tries to capture the culture of the community and for the Homosassa store, you’ll see artwork of manatees, nearby Monkey island and the like.

“We are very excited to add Homosassa to our family of stores,” Alvarez said. “Our goal is to provide the Homosassa community with a store where they can walk in and feel at home."

Added Alvarez: “We’re not a big corporate company- we’re family owned and family run. It’s me and my parents who own the company.”

The store will employ 25-30 people and the chain is still hiring. If interested, fill out an application online at www.myhitchcocks.com/apply-now.

And for more information about Hitchcock’s Markets, visit www.myhitchcocks.com.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com.