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Brandon Scholz, WGA President and CEO.



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 We Have Winners!!   The WGA's President BRANDON SCHOLZis back on the road presenting the WGA's annual awards to members for their service to their customers, community and the grocery industry.  Kicking off the 11th year of Excellence in Operations   awards, JEFF and DAVID SCHAFER of Gordy's County Markets were (almost) surprised in theChippewa Falls store.  Nominated by MATT SELVIG, Gordy's Guru, family, friends and associates were on hand to congratulate the brothers!  On to Lyndon Station and the longest continuously operated (157 years) independent grocery store for the EIO presentation to BUD and FRANCES MILLER who bought the store in 1977. The surprised couple was surrounded by many of their children and grandchildren!  Many thanks to current owner (and son) Tom, for nominating his mom and dad.  See next week's WGA Weekly Special for more pictures and highlights of the award winners.  The formal awards will be presented at the WGA's Chairman's Award Banquet at the Innovation Expo October 14th and 15th at the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells.  




aMilk and Screwdrivers    Pats Foods opened in Florence last June as the latest addition to the five store group turning a 7 year20,000-sf empty building into combo grocery and hardware story with 2,500-sf dedicated to hardware.  This is their first Wisconsin store with a full offering dry grocery, dairy & frozen plus a trendy beverage department and walk in beer cave.  There's a full line of fresh and package meats & self-serve deli/bakery in the 14,000-sku offering along with full paint center & key making.  The WGA welcomes Pats Foods as a new member!!!!














Number 92!!!   TERRY DANIELS, owner of five Sentry stores, is a fifth generation owner of the family business that has been around for 91 years. Before Terry, his father Jack ran the family's first grocery store, located in Kansasville, WI and operated under the IGA banner. In 1960 he closed this store and moved to Walworth, buying a store there. In 1978, after four years of employment with Arthur Anderson & Co., Terry went into business with his father and together, the two purchased their second store, operated under the Sentry banner, the following year. In 1991, Terry bought the business from his father.  With three generations running the business, JACK, TERRY, and his sons TYLER and BLAKE celebrate their 92nd anniversary.  Congrats to the Daniels family, their associates and the customers they have served!!

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