Kim, also owner/operator of the Food Mart 76 Gas Station in South Bend, brings his management style and business prowess to Raymond to see if he can revitalize the corner market.
"I just think it was poor management," said Kim of the previous owner. "I have always thought that this store had great potential for the community."
Customers have already noticed the change and the foot traffic as well as the normal business have already started to pick up a little.
"I will be holding a grand opening this week as a customer appreciation for the community that has come out to support me in taking over the store. We will be offering beer, soda and dairy specials," said Kim.
The businessman took the opportunity for the 76 Food Mart back in 2009, he also ran the Corner Café for a couple of years, sold that business and is now taking charge with the Raymond Grocery and Deli.
"We will be looking to expand both businesses here in Raymond and South Bend.
For the South Bend store, we will try to have that location open 24 hours during the summer, possibly starting in May. We will see how people like it and if we get a good response, we might do that every year during the summer," said Kim of his South Bend store.
"Here, we will just be expanding more and more. I am working with new vendors to have more items in the store, and as soon as the heated displays are ready, we will be offering all kinds of breakfast and lunch snacks and sandwiches."
Kim, who does like to hire locals, says that he is in need of a couple more people to help with the expansion who might be willing to work the late shifts.
"Something that my mother taught me is also my attitude with my business," Kim said. "You take a little and you give a little. I always remember that," said Kim.
Working his store in South Bend has educated Kim in how to conduct business here in the harbor and what the community is looking for. It is his hope that the success he found in South Bend will translate well in Raymond.
"If people need something, we will see if we can get it for them. We are here to be a store for the community. I invite everyone to stop in and make me pay more taxes," Kim smiles.
The Raymond Grocery Deli will be holding the Grand Opening this week; just watch for the signs and banners.