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1984's outstanding independents: 306 retailers who won out at great odds.

During a static year for much of the grocery industry, these 306 independents performed remarkably well. Realizing that the recovery was upon them, these grocers built new stores, upgraded existing locations and initiated promotional and merchandising programs that encouraged consumers to spend. Aided by their wholesalers, they went after business with a renewed fervor in 1983.

More than 300 grocers were nominated for the "1984 Honor Roll of Outstanding Independents." These nominess include:

* A Missouri grocer who dressed in a gorilla suit and distributed bananas on a stroll through town immediately after he acquired his first store;

* Two former cake salesmen who took over a chain store that had been shuttered for four years and made the unit into a profitable business;

* A San Diego independent who, confronted by more than 160,000 square feet of new chain store footage within two miles of his store, boosted sales 8% by promoting 50,000 pounds of yellowtail fish and 1,500 pounds of ginger root;

* A small-town Kentucky grocer who staged an exposition that attracted 45,000 people, the Beach Boys and Phyllis George;

* A Kansas retailer who permitted ABC to film part of "The Day After" in his newly purchased store; and

* A Washington independent who increased sales by 76% by switching to a super warehouse format for his three supers.

The following pages profile 20 of the 306 grocers listed on the "1984 Honor Roll of Outstanding Independents. Although Progressive

Grocer does not claim that these are the best independents in the country, their performance during a recovery year should be applauded by all in the grocery industry. NEW ENGLAND REGION Ancona Market IGA (A) Ridgefield, Conn. Joseph & John Ancona Deep's IGA Foodliner (D) Danbury, Conn. John Deep Jones Hill IGA Supermarket (A) West Haven, Conn. Larry Waxman Klarides Supermarkets (A) Seymour, Conn. James & Theodore Klarides Morey's IGA (D) Farmington, Maine Arthur Compton Millinocket Foodliner (C) Millinocket, Maine Steve Jamo Pond Cove IGA (E) Cape Elizabeth, Maine Henry Deegan Jimmy's IGA (A) Wareham, Mass. Jim Croke Hunter's IGA (D) Wolfsboro, N.H. Charles Hunter Indian Mound IGA (B) Center Ossipee, N.H. Steve Hickey Milford IGA (F) Milford, N.H. Ron Violette Dumas Brothers IGA (C) Cumberland, R.I. Rob, Marcel, & Jean Dumas Sutton's IGA (B) Warkwick, R.I. Bill Sutton Village IGAs (E) Greenville, R.I. George Brigido MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION Seaford Thriftway (B) Seaford, del. Horace Cook & Associates Andrew's Supermarket (A) Bel Air, Md. Andrew Turek Brown Big "B" Wholesale Market (E) Baltimore, Md. Herbert Beckenheimer & Bernard Meizlish Farley's Foodland (D) Westernport, Md. Key Farley Leevers' Super Value (E) Jamestown, Md. Jack Leevers Rocky Ridge Farm Market (E) Hagerstown, Md. Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Martin Brooklawn Thriftway (C) Brooklawn, N.J. Jack Steele Danley's IGA Supermarket (B) Roselle, N.J. Ralph & Phil Danley Greentree IGA (C) Marlton, N.J. Joe Mazzochi Sr. Hillside IGA (F) Hillside, N.J. Charles Shakoor Princetown Meadows IGA (B) Plainsboro, N.J. Dan Lawall ShopRite (B) Newton, N.J. Dominick & Pat Romano Shores "A" Thriftway Supermarket (A) Ocean, N.J. Ed Schneider Bill's Big M (C) Minoa, N.Y. Bill Kendrat Elbridge Big M (A) Elbridge, N.Y. Joe Farragia Valley Supreme (C) Pine Bush, N.Y. Arthur Moriano Don's Food Rite (C) Lykens, Pa. Don Suave Jerry's Food Rite (B) Red Lion, Pa. Jerry Smith O & O IGA Parkwood (A) Philadelphia, Pa. Leo Lachik & Joe Offner Perry Plaza Foodland (C) Pittsburgh, Pa. Robert Groves Redner's Supermarkets (E) Reading, Pa. Earl & Dick Redner Rostraver Foodland (B) Belle Vernon, Pa. Don Spagnolo 69th Street Supermarket (E) Upper Darby, Pa. John McClatchy Trautman's IGA (B) Bernville Pa. Warren Trautman West Wayne Street Foodland (E) Butler Pa. Harold Friedman & Carole Bitter SOUTHEAST REGION Goar's Big Star (C) Haleyville, Ala. Lee goar Daniels Market (D) Orlando, Fla. Woody Daniel Hduson Suprex (D) Hduson, Fla. Jerry Schuldt Island Foodway (B) Holmes Beach, fla. Rich Borsemann & Tracy Hatfield Path Foods (A) West Melbourne, fla. Ed Paniccia Simon Schwartz Supermarket (E) Tampa, Fla. Simon & Lee Schwartz Sunshine Foodway (C) Naples, Fla. Don Wynn Big J Foodway (A) Foluston, GA. J. C. Jones Jr. Channel's Super Valu (F) Greensboro, Ga. Pauline Hendrickson Dills Food City (E) Royston, Ga. Anderson Dilworth Jerry's Red & White (A) Augusta, Ga. Jerry Miller Millican's Super Valu (A) Lindale, Ga. Ed Millican Big Star #9 (D) Greenwood, Miss. Robert & Mary Smith Brown's Big Star (E) Florence, Miss. Charles Brown Gardner's & Rogers Supermarket (D) Corinth, Miss. Jimmy Gardner Griffin's Supermarket (A) Ripley, Miss. Wayne Griffin Piggly Wiggly (B) Philadelphia, Miss. Willis McKee Fresh Air Galaxy #3 (A) Hickory, N.C. Rod Rudd & Tony Turner Linville Food Center (D) Linville, N.C. Jim Hamby Maiden Galaxy (B) Maiden, N.C. Tim Sipe & David Frye Pate's Red & White (B) Tabor City, N.C. Robert Pate Piggly Wiggly #9 (D) Clinton, N.C. Moses King, J. & E. Lindsay Piggly Wiggly #15 (E) Lillington, N.C. Harold & Carlton Lassiter Piggly Wiggly #24 (C) Sanford, N.C. Elvin Gordon Piggly Wiggly #27 (A) Kinston, N.C. Maryon Stapleford Piggly Wiggly #42 (B) Kenly, N.C. Carol Thorton Hometown Food Stores (C) Travelers Rest, S.C. Danny & Neil Batson Mr. K's Red & White (E) Summerville, S.C. Jack Kersting Pawley's Red & White (C) Pawley's Island, S.C. Thomas Williams Creekmore Food Center (A) Middleton, Tenn. Larry Creekmore E.W. James & Sons, Inc. (F) Union City, Tenn. James Family Frank Dill's Bestway (D) Dover, Tenn. Frank Dill Humbolt IGA (C) Humbolt, Tenn. Bill Latinos & Jerry Estes Jim Adams' Stores (E) Paris, Tenn. Jim Adams McCool's Supermarket (C) Covington, Tenn. Kenneth McCool Naifeh's Food Rite (B) Covington, Tenn. Joe Naifeh Odom's Market (A) Paris, Tenn. Gary & Wayne Odom Seessel's Supermarkets (C) Memphis, Tenn. Art & Jerry Seessel EAST CENTRAL REGION Albion Super Valu (D) Albion, Ind. Jim Zumbrun Brookston IGA (F) Brookston, Ind. Dave Copas Buck's IGA (A) Indianapolis, Ind. Dave & Don Buck Dubois IGA (C) Dubois, Ind. Virgil & Ernie Mathies Fields IGA (E) Dillsboro, Ind. Rick Field Hanley's IGA Foodliner (C) Linton, Ind. Howard Hanley Hickman's IGA (A) Rosedale, Ind. Wilbur Hickman Highland Village IGA (D) Bloomington, Ind. Larry Grubb Jesse's Family Store (E) Brownsburg, Ind. Jesse Davidson LaGrange Super Valu (A) LaGrange, Ind. Gary Miller McKim's IGA (B) Salem, Ind. John McKim Mickey's T-Mart (B) Shelbyville, Ind. Harry Meeke Noble's IGA Foodliner (D) Tell City, Ind. John Noble Nolting's Super Valu (B) Seymour, Ind. Tom & Bill Nolting Owen's #2 (D) Warsaw, Ind. Joe Prout Railer's IGA (D) Sheridian, Ind. Dave Railer Ray's IGA (D) Indianapolis, Ind. Ray Marvin Ray's Super Valu (C) Walkerton, Ind. Ray Chapman Shakamak IGA (B) Jasonville, Ind. Jack Ridinger Simpson's IGA (C) Flora, Ind. Bob & Trent Stephan Thomas IGA (A) Corydon, Ind. Jerry Thomas Warehouse of Groceries (D) Clarksville, Ind. Carl Austin West's IGA (B) French Lick, Ind. Ray West Allen's IGA Foodliner (A) Morehead, Ky. Hubert & Robert Allen Bob's IGA Foodliner (B) Hartford, Ky. Bob Higdon Brown's IGA Foodliner (C) Stanton, Ky. Cordis & Delbert Brown Buy Low Foods (E) Louisville, Ky. Bob Crouch Clyde's Super Valu (C) Maysville, Ky. Clyde Barbour Collier's IGA Foodliner (A) Glasgow, Ky. Ray Collier Columbia IGA Foodliner (B) Columbia, Ky. GAyle Reynolds Danville Key Market (A) Danville, Ky. Guy Richardson Edward's IGA Foodliner (C) Madisonville, Ky. Tommy & Hayden Edwards Fitch's IGA Foodliner (C) Wilmore, Ky. John Fitch Foodtown Supermarkets (C) Lexington, Ky. Robert A. Slone Harrodsburg Gateway (E) Harrodsburg, Ky. Lonnie Campbell, Sketter Reed & Bill Dedman Higdon's Key Market (C) Lebanon, Ky. William & Jimmy Higdon Jimmy Diemer's (E) Bowling Green, Ky. Jimmy Diemer King Bros. (C) Benton, Ky. Ted & Ronnie King Lee's IGA Food Store (A) Brooksville, Ky. Lee Kelsch Louisa Foodland (C) Louisa, Ky. Charley McCaw Manchester IGA Foodliner (D) Manchester, Ky. Martin Casebolt Marshall's IGA (B) Ashland, Ky. T. N. Marshall Melton Food Mart Outer Loop (E) Louisville, Ky. Joe Melton Morgantown Super Key (B) Morgantown, Ky. Maurice & Janice Horn Owens Food Market (B) Murray, Ky. Kenneth Owen Phelps IGA Foodliner (D) Phelps, Ky. Irvin & Dale Dotson Pic-Pac #107 (C) Lawrenceburg, Ky. Jerry Wheeler & Lanus Tearo Pic-Pac #118 (B) Mt. Vernon, Ky. David King Pic-Pac #180 (A) Lexington, Ky. Danny Hoe & John Redmond Smith's Super (C) Mayfield, Ky. John Smith Stamping Ground IGA (B) Stamping Ground, Ky. Jim Murphy & David Hughes Angelis "County Market" (B) Menominee, Mich. Libero Angeli Carter's IGA (A) Charlotte, Mich. Theo Carter Del Foods (A) Scottville, Mich. Del Underwood Farmer John's (C) Benzonia, Mich. John & Barb Reigler Hansen Foods (A) Hart, Mich. Donald Hansen Long's IGA (D) Edmore, Mich. Lyle Palaghe Lonny's Super Valu (E) Homer, Mich. Lonny McCone Ollie's Red Owl (D) Manistique, Mich. Oliver Rehn Pontiac IGA (E) Pontiac, Mich. Jerry Yurgo & John Gianotto Snyder's IGA (C) Perry, Mich. Bob Anderson Uncle Ray's IGA (D) Vassar, Mich. Ray Reif Brentwood Foodliner (D) Cincinnati, Ohio Robert Cory Buckeye Village IGA (E) Alliance, Ohio Joe Mastroianni Cornell's IGA Foodliner (C) Shelby, Ohio Arthur Cornell Jewett's IGA Market (B) Mt. Sterling, Ohio Roy Jewett Kelly's IGA Foodliner (D) Maumee, Ohio William Kelly Kennedy's IGA Market (A) Xenia, Ohio Jack Kennedy Kishman's-Minerva IGA (C) Minerva, Ohio Geroge Kishamn Market Square (D) Miamisburg, Ohio Bill Phillips & Bernie Darst Shiloh Super (E) Dayton, Ohio Neil Frank Wright's IGA Foodliner (E) Eaton, Ohio Dan Wright Belington IGA (D) Belington, W. Va. John Arbogast Big Star Corp. (D) Charleston W. Va. William Hamady, A Joseph, Jr. & F. Joseph Herrick's IGA (A) New Martinsville, W. Va. Chuck Herrick Oak Hill Foodland (A) Oak Hill, W. Va. Elliott Meadows Smithers Foodland (B) Smithers, W. Va. Jim Melley Spencer IGA (B) Spencer, W. Va. Donald R. Widener Tradewell Market (E) Huntington, W. Va. Glenn Queen, Pete Bergmann & Tom Kwasny WEST CENTRAL REGION Alfalfa's Market (E) Boulder, Colo. Mark Retzlaf & Haas Hassan Downing Super (E) Denver, Colo. Ted & Bob Zimmerman Hayden Mercantile (C) Hayden, Colo. Jerry Ford Johnson's Super Foods (B) Ft. Morgan, Colo. Gary Johnson Bill's IGA (A) Staunton, Ill. Bill Miller Bob's IGA (B) Vandalia, Ill. Bob Cearlock Borowiak's IGA (F) Albion, Ill. Ed & Craig Borowiak Carl's G Market (A) Carlinville, Ill. Robert & Elaine Brockmeier Country Dairy (B) Wheeling, Ill. Daniel Bolinus Country Fair (F) Mt. Vernon, Ill. Pete Bradham, Dallas Wolf, Newlin Martin & James Hinerman Danville IGA (B) Danville, Ill. Wes Buress Edmar (A) Chicago, Ill. Ed Olczyk & Marty Lavelle Handy Foods (C) Ottawa, Ill. Larry McGrogan Harmon's Foods (E) Taylorville, Ill. Tom Harmon Jack & Jill (E) Morris, Ill. Garth Mingo Johnston's IGA (B) Shelbyville, Ill. Bob Johnston McKim's IGA (B) Lawrenceville, Ill. John McKim McLeansboro IGA (B) McLeansboro, Ill. Marvin Swafford Niemann Foods (A) Quinet, Ill. Richard K. Niemann Sr. S & W Supermarket Inc. (C) Altamont, Ill. Gary White & Leon Schaal Sullivan's Food (A) Savanna, Ill. John Sullivan Harold's Red Owl (D) Estherville, Iowa Harold McGrath Villisca Jack & Jill (E) Villisca, Iowa Garret & Barbara Littlejohn Ball's (B) Shawnee Mission, Kan. Fred Ball Dibble's Fairlawn Plaza IGA (A) Topeka, Kan. John Dibble Howards Discount Foods (A) Wichita, Kan. Roger Tunks & Gene Clasen Howell's Jack & Jill (A) Ness City, Kan. Gerald Howell Leeker's Family Foods (E) Wichita, Kan. John Leeker Midtown Jack & Jill (D) Sharon Springs, Kan. Frances Wehner Pay Day Plaza IGA (D) Dodge City, Kan. Bob Pfannenstiel Plaza IGA (B) Chanute, Kan. Marion Fail & Les Ellis Ralph's Jack & Jill (E) Hutchinson, Kan. Ralph Thrash Raye's IGA (C) Oberlin, Kan. Violet & Kirk Brown Roy's Jack & Jill (C) Syracuse, Kan. Roy Friesen Rusty's Hillcrest IGA (C) Lawrence, Kan. Jim Lewis Archie's Super Valu (D) Perham, Minn. Archie Poehls Boyum Foods (E) Stewartville, Minn. Gary Boyum Cash Wise (A) Waite Park, Minn. Dan Coborn Collier's Red Own (C) St. James, Minn. Dick Collier Country Store (D) Lakeland, Minn. Tom McLaughlin Jim & Dean's Red Owl (B) Alexandria, Minn. Jim Bjerknes & Dean Koenecke Leevers' Super Valu (C) Crookston, Minn. Jack Leevers Lolito's Fairway (C) South St. Paul, Minn. Jim Lotito Loula's Red Own (C) Ortonville, Minn. Jack Loula Marshall Super Valu (F) Marshall, Minn. Bob Almich Nelson's Country Market (B) St. Francis, Minn. Roger Nelson Paulbeck's Red Owl (A) International Falls, Minn. Phil & Greg Paulbeck Petricka's Red Owl (F) Northfield, Minn. Francis & Bob Petricka The Market Place (E) Cokato, Minn. Mary Marohn Bob's Antioch IGA (E) Gladstone, Mo. Bob Lemon Bob's North Oak IGA (A) Kansas City, Mo. Bob Lemon Boonville IGA Foodliner (B) Boonville, Mo. Harold Schnetzler Buy-Rite IGA (D) Union, Mo. George and Genie Overschmidt Wentsville, Mo. Dale Schaper Economy Super Market (B) Wright City, Mo. William & Mildred Groeper Harts Market (C) Branson, Mo. Ray Gerard Hawn's IGA (D) Marble Hill, Mo. Charles Hawn & Rick Banderman Koppeis IGA (C) Fredericktown, Mo. Joe Koppeis Portageville IGA (C) Portageville, Mo. Roy Glastetter Prenger's IGA (C) Centralia, Mo. Richard Prenger Price Chopper (A) Moberly, Mo. Harold Nicholas Richmond IGA (D) Richmond, Mo. Ranie Thompson & Bob Rostine Saveway Food Company (E) St. Louis, Mo. Gilbert Goldenhersh & Sons Sheeny's IGA (A) Sikeston, Mo. Jess Sheeny Smitty's (B) Springfield, Mo. Dave Trottier Snider's IGA (D) Poplar Bluff, Mo. Louis Snider Summit Thriftway (C) Lee's Summit, Mo. Robert Bowes Wimpy's IGA (A) St. Genevieve, Mo. Wimpy Roth Bi-Lo Foods (A) Stevensville, Mont. Jim Edwards D & D IGA (B) Three Forks, Mont. Dean & Darlene Johnstone Eastgate IGA (E) Butte, Mont. Terry & Barbara Kerr Valley Warehouse Market (D) Hamilton, Mont. Wally Weber Dallman's IGA (C) Lincoln, Neb. Gary Dallman Hendersons IGA (C) Valentine, Neb. Jerry Henderson Jensen's Jack & Jill (A) Auburn, Neb. John & Mary Jensen Norman's IGA (C) Nebraska City, Neb. Norman Stehlik Russ's IGA (C) Lincoln, Neb. Russ Raybould Superior Jack & Jill (C) Superior, Neb. Dick Rempe & Frank Sullivan Denny's Jack & Jill #1 (C) Crafton, N.D. Dennis Schnieder Fred's Red Owl (D) Dickinson, N.D. Fred Valder Garrison Super Valu (A) Garrison, N.D. Gary Emineth Gerald's Super Valu (B) Turtle Lake, N.D. Gerald Mehrer Kent's Red Owl (B) Hillsboro, N.D. Kent & Cheryl Holmberg Krause's Super Valu (A) Hazen, N.D. Dalles Krause Reed's Super Valu (B) Ellendale, N.D. Claude Reed Bill's Red Owl (E) Plymouth, Wis. Bill Czerwonka Carl's Red Owl (A) Clintonville, Wis. Carl Ruprecht & Charlie Harvey Dale's Super Valu (A) Jefferson, Wis. Dale Scott Decker's Family Foods (C) Princeton, Wis. Art & Kathy Decker Frankhs Shop-Rite (A) Milwuakee, Wis. Bob Gold Koller's Super Valu (C) Marshfield, Wis. Ed Koller Lofberg's Super Valu (E) Beaver Dam, Wis. Neil Lofberg Plymouth Sentry (A) Plymouth, Wis. Joe Turicik Prescotts Shop-Rite (E) West Bend, Wis. George Prescott Rehn's Red Owl (C) Hartland, Wis. Carroll Rehn Ron's Castle Foods (E) Eau Claire, Wis. Ron Kielpinski Shawano Super Valu (D) Shawano, Wis. Dan & Jeff Jacobson Sheridan's ShopRite (D) Milwaukee, Wis. Jim & John Sheridan Evanston Cash IGA (D) Evanston, Wyo. Ed Wheeler SOUTHWEST REGION Big Star #119 (C) West Helena, Ark. Mike & David King Clinton Food Mart (D) Clinton, Ark. Kenneth Keeling Fisher IGA (F) Cherry Valley, Ark. Guy Fisher Piggly Wiggly #15 (E) Hot Springs, Ark. T. G. Bowen Pocahontas IGA (A) Pocahontas, Ark. Bill Gill & Mike Richardson Ruth's IGA (B) Corning, Ark. Ruth Holloway Town & Country (D) Hardy, Ark. Robert Clay Warehouse Foods (E) Jonesboro, Ark. George Williams HoBo Foods (A) Claremore, Okla. Les Homer Moore's Jack & Jill (B) Hereford, Texas Kenneth Moore PACIFIC REGION A & M Grocery (A) Craig, Alaska Marjorie & Alvin Young Benjamin's Store (B) Wrangell, Alaska Lloyd Benjamin O. Kraft & Sons (E) Kodiak, Alaska Jim Bruskotter Southgate Hub (A) Fairbanks, Alaska Paul Gavora Super Bear (A) Juneau, Alaska Charles Robinson Farmer's Family Food Mart (B) Pasadena, Calif. Jack & Steve Wilkins Jensen's Complete Shopping (E) Palm Desert, Calif. Gene Fulton Phone-In, Drive-Thru Market (E) Los Angeles, Calif. Ron Cameron Smith's Complete Market (A) Porterville, Calif. Howard Smith Victory Foods (E) San Diego, Calif. Victor Najor Grangeville Cash & Carry (C) Grangeville, Idaho Jim Schmidt Paul's (E) Meridian, Idaho Paul Zatica Skyline IGA (B) Idaho Falls, Idaho Jack Kesler Conners Central Market (B) Salem, Ore. Don Conners Dee's IGA #2 (A) Roseburg, Ore. Gordon Atterbury Eric's IGA (D) Junction City, Ore. Eric Jacobson Kenny's IGA (E) Lincoln City, Ore. Kenny Morgan Pioneer Sentry (A) Sisters, Ore. Art Thenell Ray's Sentry Market (A) Brookings, Ore. Ray Nidiffer Roth's IGA Foodliner (C) Corvallis, Ore. Orville Roth Scholls Thriftway (E) Tigard, Ore. Howard Williams Thunderbird Market (E) Medford, Ore. Sherm Olsrud Discount IGA (A) Moab, Utah Frank Yama Harmon's (C) Bennion, Utah Terry Harmon Akin's Food Center (A) Quincy, Wash. Arlis Akins Al's Empire Foods (C) Tonasket, Wash. Al Seccomb Bag-N-Save Foods (E) Puyallup, Wash. Carl & Charles Hogan Big Gib (B) Republic, Wash. Al Hilderbrant Hanks Market (E) Twisp, Wash. Hank Konrad Ken Adams IGA (D) Tacoma, Wash. Ken Adams Mels Thrift (D) Richland, Wash. Mel Doyl Pay & Save Foods (C) Forks, Wash. Russ & Bruce Thomas Perry's Shop-Rite (A) Toledo, Wash. Wayne Perry & Glen Richards Price Chopper Foods, Inc. (B) Pasco, Wash. Paul Meyer & Gordon Martin Price Plus (E) Aberdeen, Wash. Bud & Bob Stewart Rose's Shop-Rite (B) Tacoma, Wash. Larry O'Neil & Steve Rose
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