Reddy Foods n’ Spices celebrates 25 years in business

“This is the finest source of Indian food this side of Mambai and Nairobi, and we have been to both places,” noted frequent shopper David Montague, who drives to the store monthly from Bowling Green. “My wife and I like Mr. Reddy and what he sells.”

University of Toledo students Arya Kaidre and Johnve Mathur talk with Jayasri Reddy about their purchases.

His sentiments were echoed by University of Toledo students Arya Kaidre and Johnve Mathur. “We are so glad to have found Mr. Reddy and this store,” they agreed.

Reddy Foods n’ Spices is located at 6725 Central Ave., in the St. James Plaza. Its shelves are filled with aromatic spices, seeds from any number of herbs, large bags of rice, flour, and grain, boxes of exotic entrees all shipped from India creating a shopper’s delight for the connoisseur and novice alike.

Sankar Reddy is the store owner, working with her husband, Jayasri Reddy. They first opened in a small 1,100 square-foot location at Dorr Street and Holland-Sylvania Road on Feb. 10, 1996, just three years after Mr. Reddy immigrated from his home in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Quickly outgrowing that space, the couple moved their store to the current 3,000 square-foot location in June 2000.

“We cater to our customers and add products they request,” Mr. Reddy offered. “For example, when we moved to the new location, we added a freezer to accommodate frozen foods that our customers were asking for.”

“We have a large selection of spices, many of which can only be found here. And we have the lowest prices for spices in the area,” Mr. Reddy promised. “We offer a range of organic snacks, naans, rotis, flours, rice, and frozen meals that are healthy and economical.” Locally sourced produce is also available.

According to Mr. Reddy, 90 percent of the items in the store are from India including Ayurvedic foods, which have been a part of ancient Indian culture for thousands of years. These foods promote physical, mental, and spiritual health and are suitable for all types of diets. “As their popularity grows in the western world, we’re happy to be able to offer these authentic foods at our store,” Mr. Reddy said.

The Reddys credit the support from the community as key to their business success. They also embrace the philosophy of devotion, hard work, and giving 100 percent plus to their business.

“We are so grateful to our customers for their support along with the welcome the community has always offered,” the Reddys agreed. “We have lived and worked in Sylvania and our children are graduates of Southview High School. Sylvania has been very good to us.” 

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