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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.