After more than three decades in business, the owner of Huffman’s Market in the Tremont Center has sold his store.

Tim Huffman, who opened Huffman’s Market with two brothers at 2140 Tremont Center in Upper Arlington in 1987, sold the store to Chicago businessman Raj Patel. The sale was completed July 30.

Huffman declined to share the terms of the sale but said Patel would continue to operate the store under the Huffman’s Market name and that all of its current 31 employees have been given the opportunity to remain on board.

Along with his wife, Glenda, and his children, Ryan, Tony and Melissa, Huffman has become a fixture in the Upper Arlington community. He and his wife regularly dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus during the holidays and greet children and families during an annual sleigh ride. He’s also known for dressing in costumes at Halloween, organizing free community events at Tremont Center, membership in the Upper Arlington Rotary Club and financial support to numerous individuals and organizations throughout the community.

“I’ll be 71 this year,” Huffman said. “I have six grandchildren and have some things I want to do with them.

“My wife and I want to do a little traveling. The grocery business, it’s a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week thing.”

When Huffman bought his store, it was a Tom Tarpy’s Market.

Huffman maintained much of that business’ clientele, as well as its employees. He said one Huffman’s employee, an 87-year-old man, remains from Tarpy’s still today, and all indications are that Patel doesn’t plan changes.

“He’s a great guy, and I think he’ll do well,” Huffman said.

Huffman said the sale offered him an opportunity to retire, but he’ll stay involved in the store “when and where I can.”

“It’s been a great life, a good career,” Huffman said. “I love supporting all the organizations I can, and I will continue to give where and when I can.

“I can’t think of a better community to live in than Upper Arlington.”

Read the full story in the Aug. 16 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.