Olean Wholesale Comments On Purchase of Olivett’s



by Amanda Jones

 Echo News Editor

Olivett’s Market, owned originally by Joseph Olivett and most recently by his sons, Rick and Tim, will be transferred to Olean Wholesale as of July 5 after a sales agreement was finalized over the past few weeks.

Joe Olivett opened the store in 1939 using $50 he borrowed from his mother. Despite it having been taken over by his sons decades ago, many of the older generation of Cameron County residents still refer to the store as “Joe’s.”

The market began as a small neighborhood grocery on Third Street with living quarters above, but is now a 20,300 square-foot full-service grocery store and deli.




  1. Linda Breen says:

    We have a camp in Emporium and so enjoy the friendly faces and attitudes at the Market. Looking forward to the new owners; however, will miss the originals.

  2. Carroll Mumford -(butch) says:

    I worked there in the late 1950s
    stocked shelves, wrapped meat, delivering, cleaning,
    helped with anything joe wanted done. Learned a lot from joe.
    From there I went in the army,
    My sister Mary worked in produce and later in the office, over 40 years.

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