It is the mission of Pine Ridge Grocery to glorify God as we provide quality, value, and savings through a unique, old-fashioned shopping experience.
In November 1995, Steve and Rhoda Kauffman moved into Bainbridge with a dream to start a bulk food store, a type of market that is often found in Amish communities across the northeast. The Kauffman’s had previously founded and operate a similar market in Pennsylvania before moving to New York, spending 6 or 7 years farming in Madison County, NY. The Kauffman’s, along with a couple of their children, built a small store on Route 206, just outside of Bainbridge. The store opened in February 1996 with a retail area of just over 1200 sq ft.
The Kauffman’s, who both came from Amish families, applied the same level of commitment to business as they did to their faith, and soon the business was known for its unique, small town feel and friendly atmosphere. Customers were attracted from around the community by excellent prices on quality, Lancaster-Dutch deli meats, as well as many hard-to-find candies, baking supplies, and spices.
In the spring of 1999, the Kauffman’s were asked by their local church to move to Pennsylvania to assist a burgeoning church. They sold the store to some friends of theirs, Jim and Brenda Walters. The Walters maintained the family centered business, expanding the retail area in 2003 to over 1900 sq ft. This expanded space allowed the Walters’ to offer a larger selection of candy, baking supplies, and home décor items.
At the end of 2005, the business again changed hands and was purchased by Michael and Lydianne Kauffman (no relation to the original Kauffman’s). The Kauffman’s had spent several years in construction, building gazebos and outdoor furniture. Their business experience, coupled with the values of their Amish and Mennonite heritage, caused the business to flourish. Mike and Lyd (as they’re known by their friends) were joined by their four children, Jeff, Heidi, Mike, and Josh. The business was a family affair, and they could often be found working on various projects around the store long after closing time. As time passed, the business continued to grow and expand. The Kauffman’s expanded the warehouse space twice, once in 2009 and again in 2012. The 2012 expansion also included a large renovation of the retail area, increasing the total retail space to over 2600 sq ft. to better accommodate the rapidly growing customer base. In the spring of 2017, a third expansion and remodel of the retail space added an additional 1600 sq ft of retail space, as well as greatly improving the entrance area and curb appeal.
Today, Pine Ridge Grocery is operated by two of the sons, Mike and Josh, although it is still under the ownership of Mike and Lyd. Pine Ridge Grocery employs just over 10 part-time individuals. The goal of Pine Ridge Grocery remains to provide a unique, old-fashioned shopping experience, blending the old-fashioned values with modern technology and infrastructure to provide a truly enjoyable shopping experience while staying true to the quality and integrity of our Amish heritage.
At Pine Ridge Grocery we hold deeply to our Christian heritage, believing that a life of true service to Christ should showcase love in every aspect. We strive to create a welcoming, friendly environment, where all people, regardless of race, gender, age, political or religious belief, or culture, feel honored and respected. We strive to provide 100% customer satisfaction. We desire to build relationships with our customers, delivering a personal shopping experience through our interactions.
Our business is an extension of our personal relationship with God, and as such, we adhere to honest and fair business practices. We strive to deliver only the best products and will gladly issue a refund for any product that does not meet our customers’ demands. We also believe that we have been blessed so we can bless, and are active in giving back to our community through participation in local events, as well as sponsoring many charitable events, both locally and around the world.
Mike is the third of the Kauffman’s four children. From the beginning, he has taken a keen interest in the day-to-day operations of Pine Ridge Grocery. Today, he serves as the general manager, ensuring everything is running smoothly. He is always looking for ways to improve something, whether it’s a new shelf layout or a more efficient way of serving our customers. Mike loves a challenge, so he usually has some projects going outside of work as well, whether it’s rebuilding a motorcycle or remodeling a house. An avid traveler, he’s always in search of a new country to visit.
Josh is the youngest of the Kauffman’s children. He is in charge of our schedule, ensuring we always have enough staff. He also handles most of the bookkeeping when he’s not stocking shelves or serving customers. He loves to sing while he works and can often be heard throughout the store. He also does the bulk of our purchasing, ensuring our shelves remain well stocked. When he’s not at work, Josh loves to spend time with his wife, Jill, and their two sons.