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All's Well That Ends Well  Lodi Piggly Wiggly shared information with WGA, local retailers and the Lodi Police Department, after being robbed this week. The pair of thieves were caught on camera stealing numerous bottles of Grey aGoose Vodka and Crown Royal and then heading to Poynette to do the same at that Piggly Wiggly. It was reported that the Baraboo Police Department arrested the two main subjects last night and that other arrests may follow. We applaud the Lodi & Baraboo PD's as well as Lodi Piggly Wiggly and Poynette Piggly Wiggly for their quick action in this case!

Another Store   Costco Wholesale filed its first permit application this week, confirming the Grand Chute site identified last Wednesday in an exclusive Post-Crescent Media story about the retail giant coming to the Fox Cities. The Special Exception Permit application filed Tuesday with the town was for automotive-related uses on the site, listed on the permit as 5441 W. Wisconsin Ave. That site is west of Menards on a farm field. Reports say Costco will develop a 150,000-sf retail warehouse and freestanding fueling facility on approximately 16 acres of the southern portion of the property.

Store Opening   Fox Bros. opened its latest store this past Wednesday in Hartford. One customer wrote: "We enjoyed being at a your ribbon cutting on Wednesday. We love the Hartland "pig"....but you have a most attractive and beautiful store in Hartford. Brian is a great manager! You have, at the "pig," what Hartford has needed for many years! The lord be with you as you serve the people...and may he bless your Hartford "pig" and all of your employees! "Shop the Pig!"




WGA is Something Special  It's official! The WGA is an official member of Something Special from Wisconsin!  We receaived an official certificate signed by DATCP Secretary BEN BRANCEL and Program Director, LOIS FEDERMAN along with stickers, buttons and several other promotional items, shown in the photo.  For more information or to become an official member, contact Lois Federman at (608) 224-5124 or lois.federman@wisconsin.gov.

New Store Opening   Festival Foods opened its latest store in Mount Pleasant. The almost 71,000-sf store will offer natural and organic foods, fresh sushi, a healthy-choices salad and hot food bar, an extensive deli and meat selection, a wine and spirits shop, and catering services. According to Mark Skogen, President and CEO of Festival Foods, the company is excitead about the aopening of its new store. "Mount Pleasant represents a key opportunity to expand our business and to better serve our growing customer base throughout Southeast Wisconsin. We are honored to become a member of this wonderful Wisconsin community, and we are excited about the economic impact that this new store will bring both through construction and as an ongoing business operation for many years to come." Similar to the company's newest store in Kenosha, which opened in December of 2013, the store in Mount Pleasant will feature Orion skylights, "green" equipment including LED and motion sensor lighting, and the new customer friendly deli layout.


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