GREEN  Suburbanite readers decided in October that Acme Fresh Market is the top grocery store in the area based on votes in the Burb's Best contest. As a thank you, the company held a celebration for its customers.

During Customer Appreciation Sampling Day at the store in Green, 3875 Massillon Road, customers enjoyed free cake and ice cream along with coffee from Akron-based Pearl Coffee Company. Customers also had the opportunity to spin a prize wheel to win free items. For children, there were free rides on Cheerio, the mechanical horse and balloon animals.

"Our celebrations are always family focused," Swartz said.

During the Burb's Best contest, readers had an opportunity to vote on their favorite businesses in dozens of categories. Acme Fresh Market topped Giant Eagles and Shaffer's Market in the "Best Grocery Store" category.

"We asked our readers earlier this year and thousands of them voted," said GateHouse Ohio Media Publisher Jim Porter. "Its no surprise that Acme was voted by our readers as the winner of Best Grocery Store in our Burb's Best competition. Acme has continually worked to serve its customer base and the communities surrounding their stores. Congratulations to ACME for earning this great honor."

Recognition and responsibility

Acme first opened the Green location in October 2014 and has seen a steady uptick in business since.

Acme Marketing Director Katie Swartz said Acme held a lunch-in for store associates and Acme President Jim Trout presented Green store director Mike Nichols with a certificate to help celebrate the store being voted as the area's No. 1 grocery store.

Swartz said with recognition comes responsibility.

"We have an even higher bar now to be an even better grocery store," Swartz said.

World-class experience

Acme is celebrating 125 years of severing the community and is looking forward to continuing that same mission moving forward.

Swartz said people appreciate local, friendly service and fast checkout and that is why people have supported Acme for so long. She said Acme strives to provide a world class shopping experience.

Swartz said the store has seen a great response from the community.

"We know it takes time for customers to come in and give us a try," Swartz said.

The Good Day Café has been a success Swartz said and Acme is constantly changing the prepared food menu. An item recently added is organic soups.

Swartz said one of the biggest challenges is changing customer’s habits.

"We are still the new guy in Green," Swartz said. "It’s a challenge changing habits."

Acme is planning a Super Bowl snack event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb 4 at the Green location.

Acme Fresh Market has 15 stores in the Akron-Canton area and a store in the Cleveland suburb of Parma. Locally, there is a Portages Lakes location at 3235 Manchester Road in Coventry Township.