Mediterranean Marketplace Founder Ed Hyder Dies


Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace (Facebook)

He was a local icon in the area, Edward Hyder, the founder of Worcester’s Mediterranean marketplace has passed away at the age of 67.

Hyder opened Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace on Pleasant Street in Worcester in 1975.  The store specialized in hard to find meats, cheeses, spices, oils, hot sauces and prepared foods.

On Facebook a short time ago this message was written by The Hyder Family:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our store’s founder; our father, and boss, Edward Hyder. Ed put his heart and soul into this store every day for 42 years. He started from scratch in 1975, and built this business on his honesty and integrity. He loved his customers, and built strong bonds and relationships with many of you through story-telling, recipe sharing, and the fact that he genuinely cared about every person he met. He will be greatly missed in this store, and in the Worcester community. We are grateful that we were able to work by his side and learn from him for all these years. In honoring his legacy, our family vows to continue to bring you the same great quality products and service that he did for decades.”

His obituary mentions that Ed passed away unexpectedly yesterday.  Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours, Sunday February 11, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna Street in Worcester.

We offer our condolences to the Hyder Family and hope they will keep his tradition alive.