Digital Exclusive: Hazleton market celebrates 80 years in business

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HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Marking 80 years in business and still going strong is quite the accomplishment.

“I hope they’re here for 80 more years,” Hazle Township resident Izzy Sweeney said. 

Tarone’s Market has been a staple in the Hazleton community since 1941. The family owned-and-operated store is celebrating 80 years in business this month.

“They had a vision, and they worked on it, and they succeeded. And we just happened to carry it on,” said co-owner Robert Tarone.

Tarone and his sisters Cynthia and Bina, along with help from their cousin Donna, keep the business on Alter Street running today. It was founded by their father Joseph Tarone and Uncle Dominic Tarone. The market is centered around family.

“Elders came, then their children came, and we see the grandkids now coming. Just like here, my father, then this generation, then the younger generation comes. And we all help out,” Cynthia Kilner said.

Tarone says the family strives to follow the principles upon which the business was founded all those years ago.

“Service, quality, and treat the customer with the respect that they deserve. Because without them you wouldn’t have it,” said Tarone.

One of those customers is Sweeney, who has been coming to the shop for over 30 years.

“It’s one of the few family meat markets in town. And to me, they have the best meat in town,” Sweeney said.

Tarone says his daughter and cousins will work together to continue the legacy and run the store when he retires.

“When you have family, family is what keeps you together. Without family, we probably would not be here,” Tarone said.

Tarone’s Market was recognized by the Mayor of the City of Hazleton Jeff Cusat for the accomplishment.

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