Sitting in the back of Owen’s Creek Corner Store in Mineral, new owner Arthur Sigmund points his finger over to the deli and raves about his business’ famous fried chicken.
Though he just became the quaint country store’s owner and operator on Nov. 1, Sigmund has already discovered his store’s selling point.
“We specialize in fried chicken, and we’ve got a pretty good menu,” Sigmund said.
If anything, Sigmund would know the store’s selling point best. He ran the deli for the past year and decided to fully take over the store after its previous owner retired. Living just down the road from the store, Sigmund said the transition has been smooth.
Sigmund is no stranger to the world of small-town service. He owned a small, 35-seat restaurant in Ashland for seven years before working at Owen’s Creek Country Store, and was a district manager at Waffle House for 10 years. Sigmund said he’s spent 40 years in the food industry, and though he’s never owned a service station, he said that the challenge was worth the try.
“This is a new experience, and it hasn’t been bad,” Sigmund said. “I didn’t realize there was so much money in this area.”
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 23 edition of The Central Virginian.