The Neighbourhood Market opens in Holland Landing

By Miriam King, Bradford Times

East Gwillimbury Mayor Virginia Hackson, centre, helps cut the ribbon to officially open The Neighbourhood Market in Holland Landing,on Saturday September 10, 2016. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

East Gwillimbury Mayor Virginia Hackson, centre, helps cut the ribbon to officially open The Neighbourhood Market in Holland Landing,on Saturday September 10, 2016. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

The Neighbourhood Market opened its doors at 19423 Old Yonge St. in Holland Landing back in July, the brainchild of life-long friends and business partners Mark Cresswell and Mike Iaboni.

The pair were already operating a company, MarMik Distribution, when they decided to enter the retail field, to meet a community need. “There's never been anything here,” said Cresswell, noting that Landing residents have had to travel to Bradford, Newmarket or Sharon for their shopping needs.

But he and Iaboni didn't take success for granted. They spent three months upgrading and updating the building, to create a bright, clean and friendly traditional-style market, and they set the standard high.

“We knew if we wouldn't shop here, no-one would shop here,” Cresswell said. It had to be a store that was absolutely spotless, and offered top quality products and produce. “We set that standard.”

And it has paid off. “We have a lot of good, loyal customers,” noted Cresswell.

On September 10, the store held its official opening and ribbon-cutting, and over 100 customers, family members and friends turned out, including East Gwillimbury Mayor Virginia Hackson, and Councillors Joe Persechini and Tara Roy-DiClemente.

“We know this is going to be very successful,” said Mayor Hackson. “The Neighbourhood Market is going to be a household name, in Holland Landing and elsewhere.”

The Neighbourhood Market is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday – and while Iaboni continues to devote most of his time to the Distribution company, shoppers are likely to see Cresswell at the store when they drop in.