There's been a changing of the guard at one of the cornerstone stores in Scotia. As of this past Saturday, Herb Colby is no longer the owner of Hoby's Market.
According to Colby, all current employees will be offered a job to stay with the new owner, Umar Inc. and that company's president, Majid Mahmood. “It made me feel good that all employees can stay on,” Colby said.
Many people have said to Colby that it won't be the same without him, and to that he replies, “that makes me feel good. We've been part of the community for a long time,” he added, “and we've enjoyed every minute.”
Hoby's Market under Colby began operations in late October 1966. “It's been 37 years and I am ready to retire,” Colby said. “It seems like yesterday. The community has been very supportive of us over the years.”
Colby indicated that he and the market have weathered many storms. The three earthquakes in April 1992 started a fire that destroyed the Scotia Shopping Center, Hoby's Market included. While plans proceeded to rebuild the shopping center, Hoby's Market relocated for a short time to the old gas station on Main Street.
Colby takes with him many fond memories of operating the market in Scotia and said he intends to stay busy with volunteer work and traveling.
The new owner wants to make the transition as painless as possible, according to Colby. “Customers will not really notice a whole lot of differences,” he said. “Overall, I feel real good about it.”