Wooster’s Friendly Wholesale has new owners for growing business

WOOSTER – There’s the Main Building, the OB (Other Building), State Building and Vending Building.

And in the next few years there could be another one, which would be called, “Probably NB, New Building,” said the new owner of Friendly Wholesale, Matt Plocki, with a laugh.

It has only been a few weeks since Plocki, his equity partner, Austin Miller; and General Manager Jeremy Menegay have taken over the business, so they haven’t had much time to come up with more formal names for the buildings, which total 72,000 square feet.

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The large multi-story Friendly Wholesale building on Cushman Street as seen recently from the railroad tracks in Wooster. The new owners of Friendly Wholesale refer to it as the Main Building. It is one of four buildings on the Friendly Wholesale campus.

The plans they have for the 72-year-old facility supply business on Cushing Street near downtown is no laughing matter, no matter what the buildings are called.

“We are keeping and growing the employee base here in Wooster,” said Plocki, who has owned a similar business in Pittsburgh for about 20 years. “We have 22 full-time employees and we hope to grow that to around 30 in the next two years.”