Editor's note: A March 14 version of this article stated that the Garcia family still owned JJ&F Food Store; however, the ownership is in transition.
A new family has taken over operations of JJ&F Food Store in Palo Alto and may purchase the store, according to one of the new managers.
The 62-year-old Palo Alto market was owned by John, Dennis and Lloyd Garcia until November 2010 and was sold to Emerald Market in Redwood City, John Garcia confirmed Tuesday morning.
But he learned last week that JJ&F was either being sold or that Emerald's owner was going into a partnership with a family, the Khourys.
Five brothers -- Mark, Chris, Ronnie, Johnny and Issa Khoury -- hail from three generations of grocers and are operating the business, Mark Khoury said.
On Tuesday (March 15), Khoury said his family is buying Emerald Market and had agreed to operate JJ&F at the request of Emerald's owner. The family is trying to purchase JJ&F from Emerald, he said.
Khoury mistakenly stated in an interview on Monday that the College Terrace neighborhood store was still owned by the Garcias, who were helping to run the store.
"I apologize for the confusion," he said, stressing that the brothers want to work hard to make the store fresh and appealing, with excellent customer service.
Garcia said his cousins were helping the transition. He said the Garcias are having issues with the sale to Emerald.
"It's still going on," he said, declining to elaborate.
The Khourys took over management of the store at 520 College Ave. on March 9.
The five brothers range from 26 to 35 years old and have experience in running grocery stores, Khoury said.
The family plans to bring better prices to the deli, more produce and a wider selection of goods, he said.
"We are born and raised in the grocery business. Our dad was a butcher, and our grandfather was in the grocery business," he said.
JJ&F will get a new name -- Jojo's Market, he said.
The family's stores include Pohley's in Windsor (Sonoma County) and Economy Food Market in Napa. Both stores received five-star Internet reviews for fresh and unusual produce and friendly customer service.
The Khourys had a large mural painted on the side of the Windsor store to honor the city's past and threw a large party after the mural was completed last fall.