Business is good for month-old produce market on Bridgeport Avenue


The first month of business for Milford Produce Market at 965 Bridgeport Avenue has been brisk and encouraging, according to co-owners Mehmet Hasankahyaoglu and Ahmet Akin.
That should be no surprise, given the 40 years of combined grocery experience the two men brought into their first Connecticut venture.
Milford Produce Market, the closest thing to a fresh produce market since M & M Farms closed years ago, occupies 2,800 square feet of strip mall space adjacent to the Robert Treat Apartments. The grand opening was March 27.

“So far, business has been great — and mainly by word of mouth,” said Hasankahyaoglu. “People are coming in because their friends and neighbors have been here, and they're finding quality fresh produce at very affordable prices.”
For his partner, Akin, Milford Produce Market is his 17th store in his 30 years in business. Akin opened his first produce market in Brooklyn, and the Milford store is his first in Connecticut. Hasankahyaoglu said Akin had to be coaxed out of “retirement” to join in opening Milford Produce Market.

“We really saw a need for this kind of store in Milford,” Hasankahyaoglu said. “We're pleased to offer very, very good products at very low prices. We're able to do this by selecting the produce ourselves, and eliminating the middle-man.”
One resident sent emails to his friends recently asking them to shop at the market.
Entering this store is like going into a time warp because the prices are that low,” the Milford resident said in his email. “Apples for 89¢ per pound, softball sized grapefruits 3 for $1, and Compari tomatoes for $1.49 are three such examples. The quality is good. I hope they succeed because I would like to continue to shop there. I filled a shopping bag for $12.”
Milford Produce Market is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.