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Vendor of the Year. Click on bold text for nomination forms. The Grocer of the Year and Excellence in Operations nominations use the same form. The WGA Board of Directors vote on the nomination and winners are notified in June and July 2014. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 18, 2014! Please contact CHERYL LYTLE at Cheryl@wisconsingrocers.com or (888) 342-5942 ext. 303.
Buy Local Profiles The Spring, Summer & Winter issues of the Wisconsin Grocer magazine will publish profiles of Buy Local companies and their products. Full Color Profile are $250 for 4"w x 3.5"t space and will include your logo, contact information, text and/or graphics to use; we'll put the ad together for you. You have approval on final published materials. Click here for more information. Deadline for the Spring issue is Friday, March 14th.Contact CHERYL LYTLE at Cheryl@WisconsinGrocers.com if you have any questions. Hot Pizza! According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, pizza, frozen or ordered out, is the seventh most popular dinner item in the U.S. The Spring issue of the Wisconsin grocer magazine will include an article on tips and ideas to make the most of your pizza sales. Advertise your frozen pizza, fresh pizza, cheese or topping ingredients, or freezers to coordinate along with this article. Reserve your space before March 14th by contacting Cheryl Lytle at Cheryl@WisconsinGrocers.com or (608) 244-7150 ext. 303. Click here for the 2014 Media Card including advertising rates and sizes.
Alice In Potatoland?? Kristin Olsen, Alice in Dairyland, swung by the NBC 15 studio in Madison for a monthly visit. Reporter Ashley Matthews and Kristin talked about the many benefits of enjoying Wisconsin potatoes. Wisconsin ranks 3rd in the nation for potato production and 1st east of the Mississippi River. Click here for Alice's interview and stay connected with Alice by clicking here.
More Stores Meijer Inc. is planning to add stores in Greenfield and Janesville over the next two years in addition to its previously announced stores, says CEO Hank Meijer. The company, which builds super centers that sell groceries and other everyday products, believes the Milwaukee area could support a dozen Meijer stores, he said at the Milwaukee Business Journal's Power Breakfast. "Milwaukee ought to be able to support a dozen stores, but whether we will find a dozen sites in short order is another question," he said. Wisconsin is a major focus for growth for Meijer, he said. "We expect to concentrate a lot of our expansion the next few years in Wisconsin," he said. "As a company we'll probably be opening 10-12 stores a year, and a significant number of those will be in Wisconsin each year for the next several years. We'll be looking at a lot of other communities beyond Milwaukee." It plans to open stores in Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, Kenosha and Grafton in 2015 and in Sussex, Greenfield, Waukesha and Janesville in 2016, he said.
Lover's Lane On Valentine's Day the Gordy's on Hamilton Ave in Eau Claire took one of their checkout lanes and turned it into "Lovers Lane" allowing for customers to grab what they needed for their special Valentine and check out quickly. According to MATT SELVIG, Gordy's Guru, whether it was flowers, candy, or cards, all of the products were right there at the checkout which made it very convenient for that customer that wanted to grab what he or she needed and get out the door. The store also had a local quartet called "Clearwater Connections" serenade Gordy's shoppers while they made the purchases. According to store manager BEN WEISS, "Lovers Lane helped on Valentine's Day immensely. We received lots of comments from our customers thanking us for making it easy to get what they needed for Valentine's Day and not have to wait in long lines. We'll certainly do this again next year."
New Store Gordy's and the Schafer family just opened up another store in Neillsville, WI on January 15th. Last week store manager GLEN BUTH and members of the Neillsville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of Gordy's Market and served cake and coffee to help celebrate the success of the 11th location. But Gordy's is not done yet, store #12 will be opening in Shell Lake, WI on March 11.
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