We're often featured in local newspapers or just have something to share! Check back for updates and you'll get the inside scoop on all things Ana's!
$600K Catch 5 Jackpot Sold on North Wales Road
By Justin Heinze, Patch
EAST NORRITON, PA -- A $600,000 winning ticket to the Cash 5 jackpot from the Pennsylvania Lottery was sold in East Norriton on Wednesday, the Lottery announced.
The winning ticket was sold in Ana's Corner Store on 3310 N. Wales Road.
The ticket correctly matched all five balls drawn,07-12-21-23-38, the Lottery said.
Quick Stop will earn a $5,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.
ANA’S "THANK YOU CELEBRATION" ON FRIDAY JUNE 24TH AND SATURDAY JUNE 25TH WAS A GRAND SUCCESS. WE WANTED TO TAKE THIS OCCASION TO ONCE AGAIN THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR VENDORS WHO SUPPORTED THE DAYS SO GRACIOUSLY WITH SAMPLING BOOTHS AND/OR TABLES AND OF COURSE PROVIDING OUR FAMILY OR CUSTOMERS SOME VERY GREAT TASTING FOODS.
WE WILL BE POSTING PHOTOS FROM THOSE DAYS, SO BE LOOKING FOR THEM COMING SOON. WE WILL BE HAVING MORE OF THESE EVENTS, SO YOU, OUR FAMILY OF CUSTOMERS, GET TO TRY ALL OF THESE GREAT PRODUCTS FROM BOTH OUR LOCAL SOURCED PRODUCTS AND OF COURSE OUR NATIONAL SUPPLIERS WHO TREAT US AS A PART OF THEIR FAMILY.
A Grand Opening: Alfio returns to toss Caesars
as Ana’s Corner Store joins the neighborhood
By Mary Cantell, Correspondent
In a world of the familiar and ubiquitous Wawa stores, along with their competitors — 7-Eleven, Cumberland Farms, and good ol’ Piggly Wiggly — there is a new store coming to town. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the aforementioned. They’re convenience stores. Running in and out to grab a bottle of water or a foot-long hoagie has been the usual pastime of travelers on the go, and the convenience store foots the bill just fine.
However, Ana Ferry, co-owner of the brand new Ana’s Corner Store in East Norriton, has a different take on the familiar. When it comes to serving the public, she and her brother, Richard Gaglianese, want to fill a void that the traditional convenience store probably can’t.
“Obviously, Wawa has a great business model, but we want to make it more of a corner store … more neighborhood-oriented,” said Ferry. “Things are so commercial these days that some people want you to know their name, so we’re looking to fill that void.”
When Ferry’s brother approached her with the idea of purchasing the business, she thought it a good idea since she was unemployed at the time. Ever since, things have been coming together nicely, and during the weekend of Jan. 29 and 30, Ferry and her brother will be hosting the Grand Opening of the store from noon until 5 p.m. both days.
Joining them will be their father, Alfio Gaglianese, the famed (retired) owner of Alfio’s Italian Restaurant in Glenside and Philadelphia. He was also the maitre d’ of DaVinci’s in Philadelphia for 16 years.
If his name is familiar to you, his face will be even more so. He is not only a restaurateur but a celebrated master of the Caesar salad, winning several awards, including a “Best of Philly” and “Best of the ’Burbs” for his exquisite Caesar salad.
“I’ve made over 250,000 Caesar salads so far in my life,” said Gaglianese. His charismatic performances have been documented in numerous publications over the years as well as on television. He’s appeared on the Food Network and had his own cooking show on WKDS TV (channel 48).
Like the professional cook he is, he’ll be bringing his own 32-pound bowl to the store for the Caesar salad presentation. Be prepared to watch him do his cooking magic, which includes a pepper shaker toss and napkin tricks.
On tap for Ana’s Corner Store will be the traditional grocery store items along with specialty items. In addition to homemade soups, breads and breakfast sandwiches, they have planned a full kitchen and full-service grill for the near future.
“We plan to support local businesses,” said Ferry. They’ll be incorporating the goods from Corropolese Bakery, Merrymead Farms, Café Excellence coffee and Mr. Ron’s coleslaw among several others.
via Montgomery News: Link to article
Ana’s Corner Store in East Norriton corners the convenience store market
By Gary Puleo, The Times Herald
EAST NORRITON >> If it’s Thursday it must be “Shepherd’s Pie Day” at Ana’s Corner Store.
But there’s no real need to check the calendar.
Customers know that whatever they smell cooking when they walk through the doors in the late afternoon, it’s bound to be dinner-worthy in the best homemade sort of way.
The hot take-out dinners have become some of the most popular items at the little deli and convenience store that quietly dominates the corner of North Wales and Township Line roads.
Regular customers know they can stop by from 5 p.m. until closing during the week for their favorite freshly made entrée — like chicken parmigiana on Tuesday, meatloaf on Wednesday — and that they can also head for the freezer if they choose, where they’ll find a variety of AnaMade meals from the Ana’s Corner Store kitchen.
Consistency is just one of the things that has kept the mom and pop enterprise — brother and sister, actually — thriving for five years now.
Proprietor Ana Ferry, who, with her brother Richard Gaglianese, converted a former Wawa into an independent homespun version of the convenience giant, keeps surprising loyal customers with her resilience.
“People have asked, ‘How do you compete with the big guys?’ The answer is always the same — we don’t,” Ferry said on a recent weekday afternoon, as customers gabbed their hoagies, homemade banana bread and Café Excellence coffee, and anticipated the daily hot dinner deal ($9.99).
“In a modern world we are going back to the old ways, where everything isn’t always about the bottom line — where it’s about the customer and the food,” Ferry said, as the familiar aroma of chicken parmigiana beginning to waft through the air answered the question “What’s on the menu tonight?” before it needed to be asked.
“Those that have tried our hoagies, sandwiches and food know how good they really are. I’m really proud of what we’ve done here because so many businesses don’t make it. We’re blessed with a great staff.”
The AnaMade fresh-frozen foods is one of the store’s fastest growing sections, Ferry noted.
“We can’t keep the chicken pot pie in the freezer, it sells so fast. Take it home and put it in your freezer and it’s ready when you are. It’s like you made it yourself.”
In this family affair, Ferry’s husband helps the cause as much as he can, as do her parents, Alfio and Elsa Gaglianese, who are usually on hand to prepare the soup, such as the popular French onion.
Alfio, a former restaurateur, is also on site the last Friday and Saturday of every month, whipping up his famous Caesar salad.
It’s not uncommon for those who remember Ferry’s father from his days of running Alfio’s restaurant in Glenside to drive long distances every month for the special salad and to get reacquainted, noted Ferry.
One thing customers can count on here is finding top-notch, locally made brands on the shelves, rather than the corporate names that dominate the bigger stores.
From the outset, Ferry has been adamant about giving local businesses a break by relying on their products, such as Café Excellence Specialty Coffees & Teas; Stock’s pound cake; Marchiano’s Stuffed Breads; Mr. Ron’s Coleslaw and rice pudding; Corropolese Bakery & Deli tomato pie; Merrymead Farm milk; OMG Pretzels; Mezzaluna Biscotti and Aunt Caroline’s BBQ Sauces.
“I love little companies,” Ferry said. “As we grow, I like to see them do better too. My business is important to them, and that’s the difference between them and some of the big guys. We’re always looking for new local brands that fit into our store.”
Dietz and Watson of Philadelphia may be one of the bigger business allies of Ana’s Corner Store, which carries the well-known brand of meats and cheeses exclusively, but the company graciously lent a hand in helping the store celebrate its fifth anniversary recently.
“Mama Dietz herself was here for our celebration,” Ferry recalled. “She’s 91 and such a lovely lady.”
Ana’s Corner Store was also featured in a D&W billboard promotion not long ago.
“People are always coming in and saying, ‘Someone at work said I need to come here and try your …’ ” — and then it’s simply a matter of filling in the blank with any of the store’s specialty products, allowed Ferry, a Roslyn native now living in Whitpain with her husband.
“We’re locals … this is our neighborhood too,” she said.
Ana’s Corner Store is located at 3310 N. Wales Road, East Norriton. Hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Customers are invited to order the daily dinner deal or any food item in the store for pickup by calling 610-279-3100.
via The Times Herald: Link to article