Saturday, November 1, 2014
Loading...


Voter's Guide



Peddler’s Village Auction changing hands

Longtime owner sells Peddler's Village Auction

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — For Leroy Graber, owner of Peddler’s Village Auction, timing was everything.

After not receiving an acceptable bid for the business when it first went on the market last year, Graber sold Peddler’s Village late last week to a group of five Amish men.

Gerald Lambright started the business in 1972, and Graber began working for Lambright just four years later. When Lambright died in 1980, Graber bought the business and had owned and operated Peddler’s Village ever since.

He was relieved last week, though, when the sale was finalized. “I’m ready,” the 72-year-old Graber said. “I want to retire.”

While he was glad to turn over the business, Graber still found it difficult to make the announcement at last Thursday’s auction. “I turned around to face the crowd and there was a frog in my throat,” he admitted. “But I made it.”

Peddler’s Village’s new ownership group consists of Alan and Harley Lehman, Jason and Dennis Helmuth and Marlin Yoder.

Graber said that the group first approached him several years ago, saying it was a dream of theirs to purchase the business from him. At that time, however, they simply did not have the money to offer a bid Graber was willing to accept.

Just a couple months ago, though, the group returned to Graber and met his asking price, allowing him to turn Peddler’s Village over to the group.

Graber will be in charge of the auction one more time on Thursday. Come Friday, however, the new owners will take control.

“I’m glad we could keep (Peddler’s Village) together,” Graber said. He says the new owners will operate the business in the exact same way and hope to have a seamless transition at the end of the week.


Recommended for You


Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
 FILE - In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers drill test holes at the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay in Southwest, Alaska. The Pebble Mine is an environmentalist rallying cry, a potential copper and gold mine at the headwaters of one of the world’s richest salmon runs that the Obama administration is blocking, and an unusually-potent wedge issue in development-happy Alaska that could help Democratic Sen. Mark Begich survive a strong challenge for his seat.  (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Posted 39 minutes ago
 Gay Soriano, left, talks with daughter Gabby, 11, as her brother Titan, 13, and father Rick walk nearby and along a memorial for victims of a deadly school shooting nearly a week earlier,  Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. The family are immediate relatives of Gia Soriano, 14, who died in shooting. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, was a homecoming prince from a prominent tribal family. On Friday, Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria north of Seattle and started shooting. In addition to Gia Soriano, the victims were Zoe R. Galasso, 14; and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who is in critical condition; and Fryberg's cousins, Nate Hatch, 14, who is in satisfactory condition and Andrew Fryberg, 15, who is in critical condition. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Posted 49 minutes ago
 San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner holds the World Series MVP trophy during the victory parade for the 2014 baseball World Series champions, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Posted 49 minutes ago
Back to top ^