Mumford’s Potato Chips and Deli are in the north end of downtown Urbana, Ohio, and have been making kettle cooked potato chips since 1932. Originally hand cooked in large kettles in the back of the store from a secret recipe created by Asa Mumford and his son Virgil, these soon became Urbana’s favorite chip.
Just a few things have changed since then. From their nearer downtown location, the store moved to its present location at 325 N. Main St., with an owner that took over in 1956, Marilyn Leopard. The chips are still cooked by hand in large kettles, but the cooking location has been moved North. Even with the cooking operation moved, Mumford’s has remained a stable, important employer, with 10-19 people depending on the season. Still, Marilyn’s family welcomes customer’s to the Deli featuring the same homemade chips, other potato based snacks, pureed fruit drinks, soups, stews and desserts. The chips remain the same as Asa and his son served. Even today, the chips are kettle cooked by hand to insure their quality, with peanut, cottonseed, or canola oil to remain cholesterol free.
The chips are recognized as some of the best around and have earned a spot with Anchor’s Chip of the Month Club. Every month Anchor will ship you a selection of 6-6 to 8 oz. bags of potato chips of differing flavors for your enjoyment. Mumford’s has become a favorite of the members.
Mumford wholesales chips to some of the local groceries and snack shops, but only within a close vicinity of Urbana to insure the quality of the chip. Area residents are seen leaving businesses with multiple boxes for their tailgate party on game day, and their seasonal parties throughout the year. Many residents make sure to include Mumford’s potato chips with their care package to troops around the world that grew up in Urbana or nearby with the taste of Mumford’s potato chips. Mumford’s large packs of chips are in boxes to protect the chips whether on a journey overseas or a side street home in Urbana.
After 78 years, Mumford’s remains a favorite with the locals and Urbana University students for lunch and a couple of boxes to take home.