NEW BRITAIN - Zieleniak Green Grocery is celebrating its 25th year on Broad Street this year, offering a wide range of Polish and European goods.
The store is owned by Slavik Rulka and his wife Beata. Beata Rulka said that the store has endured through good and bad economic times and that they plan to keep it open until they decide to retire.
“When we purchased this building in 2001, Broad Street did not look like it does now,” said Beata Rulka. “After the renovations, it looks a lot better and we have a lot less shuttered buildings. The Polish Festival also brings in a lot of people. At first, when my husband first opened the store, we were really only serving Polish customers. Now, we are seeing Americans, Puerto Ricans and other ethnic groups.”
Some of the Green Grocery’s most popular Polish foods include pierogi, kielbasa and stuffed cabbage.
Lucy Krzyk, a longtime customer who said that she is “always shopping here,” said Zieleniak Green Grocery is the “perfect” store.
“It has everything you need - meat, vegetables and even candles,” she said.
Another longtime customer, Teresa Cryzewski, said she grew up on Broad Street and that comes to Zieleniak because the food is “very good.”
The City of New Britain took notice of Zieleniak’s success. On Oct. 14, Mayor Erin Stewart and other city officials paid the store a congratulatory visit.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.