Buddies IGA, Oakland

Stephen Phair thinks talking to customers every day is good for business. He and his business partner, George Rancourt, know happy customers are key to running a successful local grocery store. Taking the time to understand what matters to customers has paid off. Buddies IGA is a large, full service, convenient grocery store and a daily destination for many shoppers. Buddies is also an important part of the community. Stephen and George make it a priority to be involved in and responsive to the needs of many local businesses and organizations. It’s no surprise that student sports schedules are routinely posted on the Buddies IGA website. When he isn’t minding the store, Stephen enjoys spending time with his 9 children and 21 grandchildren.