1985's outstanding independents; 300 who soared to new heights.
The nominating categories demonstrate what is constant and what is changing in the independent sector. Whereas Outstanding Achievement, Outstanding Merchandising and Crisis Management have always been well-received, new categories are introduced each year as the independent grocer becomes more sophisticated and diversified. This year's new category on skillful use of modern technology or research, and the response that it elicited from the nominating wholesalers, shows that independents are enthusiastically using computers to fine-tune their operations.
Three hundred grocers were chosen for the "1985 Honor Roll of Outstanding Independents." They include:
* A grandson of the founder of Liberal Markets, who has returned to Dayton, Ohio, to start Metro Markets, and has conducted 107 promotions during the past three years, including a million dollar sweepstakes and a cattle auction;
* A Georgia grocer who went on an acquisition binge, expanding from five to 14 stores in one year;
* A Philadelphia accountant with no grocery experience, who has built a losing 7,000-footer into a profit producer by transforming the site into a "Fine Foodery";
* A former A&P supervisor, who doubled volume at his small-town Ohio store since acquiring it from A&P;
* A Tennessee grocer, with one store leveled and another severely damaged by a tornado, who was back in business within two days;
* An Indiana man who was able to boost sales by 20% at his conventional unit, despite the fact that he opened a County Market super warehouse store two miles away;
* An independent in chain-dominated Los Angeles who has built his business to more than $600,000 weekly by selling products that "make people homesick."
The following pages profile 21 of the 300 grocers listed on the "1985 Honor Roll of Outstanding Independents." Altnough Progressive Grocer does not claim that these are the best independents in the country, their super performance during a year of change in the industry has earned them the admiration of their peers.
NEW ENGLAND REGION Brodeur's IGA (A) Plainfield, Conn. Robert Brodeur Colonial IGA (D) East Hampton, Conn. John McTurk Morey's IGA (B) New Milford, Conn. Dick Morey and Frank Benham Waz's IGA Supermarket (D) Bristol, Conn. John Wasielewski Less Supermarket (E) Westport, Mass. Albert Lees Sutton's IGA (C) Warwick, R.I. William Sutton
MID-ATLANTIC REGION French's Food Rite (B) Laurel, Del. Bill and Marilyn French Mt. Airy Food Rite (E) Mt. Airy, Md. Jim Linton, Bob Rimby and Virgil Porter Hillside IGA (C) Hillside, N.J. Charles Shakoor ShopRite of New Milford (F) New Milford, N.J. Lawrence Inserra Avery's Market (E) North Collins, N.Y. George Avery Sr. and George Avery Jr. Bells (C) Salamanca, N.Y. Carl Smith Bells (C) Williamsville, N.Y. Mel and Sandy Kadish and Jack Mesches Bells APOG (A) Lockport, N.Y. Joe, Sal Jr. and Sal Gaglione Super Saver IGA (A) North Brentwood, N.Y. Joseph Cirillo Valley Supreme Supermarket (C) Pine Bush, N.Y. Arthur Moriano Berger's Market (D) Pine Grove's, Pa. Paul and Richard Berger French Road Golden Dawn (B) Erie, Pa. Dave Kertcher Knights Road Thriftway (A) (Philadelphia, Pa. Jim McCaffrey Martin's Farm Market West (C) Palmyra, Pa. Dick Shenk New Hope Thriftway (D) New Hope, Pa. Raymond DiCrescenzo Sunnyway Foods (A) Chambersburg, Pa. Aldine and Margaret Martin Thriftway Supermarket (A) Philadelphia, Pa. Sam Kline Top Shelf Fine Foodery (E) Lafayette, Hill, Pa. Marc Skaler Valesky's Golden Dawn (E) Meadville, Pa. Garth and Robert Valesky
SOUTHERN REGION Bartow Foodway (B) Bartow, Fla. Wendell Mullis Burns Market (C) Bushnell, Fla. Gene and Steve Burns Callahan's Sav-Way (E) Trenton, Fla. Pete and Eva Jo Callahan Family Foodway (C) Fort Meyers, Fla. James A. Hamilton Forrest Grocery #2434 (A) East Silver Springs, Fla. J.C. Smith Goodings Supermarket #3545 (E) Bay Hill, Fla. Jim Gooding Handy Way Food Stores (C) Crescent City, Fla. George Miller Hitchcock's Foodway (D) Alachua, Fla. Robert Hitchcock Huntley Jiffy (F) Orange Park, Fla. Louis and William Huntley Jerry's of Sanibel (E) Sanibel Island, Fla. Jerry Paulsen Jimmy's Thriftway #1926 (C) Apopka, Fla. Jimmy Pitchford Miller's Supermarket #451 (D) Palatka, Fla. Tom Miller Osowski's Family Food #3726 (B) Lake Park, Fla. Ted Osowski Sav Way (A) Bushnell, Fla. Haskell Woodard Spring Foods (B) Gainesville, Fla. David M. Rembert Tinsley's IGA (A) Arcadia, Fla. Keith Markey and Keith Tilarkey Bremen Thriftown (A) Bremen, Ga. Donnie Rogers Canton Thriftown (B) Canton, Ga. Sam R. Galanti Grant's Thriftown (E) Kennesaw, Ga. Bobby H. Grant Gurley's Supermarket (A) Harlem, Ga. Ron Gurley Hill's Supermarket (D) Reidsville, Ga. Jack Hill Holcombe's Super Valu (F) Tallapoosa, Ga. Johnny Holcombe Shallowford Thriftown (D) Atlanta, Ga. Ronnie J. Merlin Zack's Big Buy (C) McDonough, Ga. Zack B. Hinton Breaux Mart #4 (A) Metairie, La. Paul Breaux Jonesboro Super Valu (A) Jonesboro, La. Sonny Johnston Tayco Foods (A) Bossier City, La. Larry Taylor Aultman's Super Valu (A) Forest, Miss. Doug Aultman Bing's Super Valu (F) Greenville, Miss. John Choo Food Rite #40 (D) Batesville, Miss. Danny Drake and Jimmy Covington Liberty #24 (C) Oxford, Miss. Joe Girard New Deal Supermarket (C) Fayette, Miss. Joe Rossignol Piggly Wiggly #18 (A) Tunica, Miss. Odell Williams Spains Supermarket (A) Grenada, Miss. Bud Golding Yazoo City Super Valu (F) Yazoo City, Miss. Herbert Ramey Bestway Supermarkets (F) Greensboro, N.C. Ron M. Butler Fresh Air Galaxy #2 (B) Hickory, N.C. Larry McCormick and Steve Mull Fresh Air Galaxy #3 (C) Hickory, N.C. Ronnie Rudd and Tony Turner Linville Foods Center (E) Linville, N.C. Jim Hamby Maiden Galaxy (A) Maiden, N.C. Tim Sipe and David Frye Shallotte Red & White (B) Shallotte, N.C. Gerald Long Hartsville IGA Foodstore (B) Hartsville, S.C. Wayne Jones Kelly's IGA Foodstore (A) Lake City, S.C. Kelly Hancock Lent's (C) Charleston, S.C. Lloyd Lent Sr. Taylor's IGA Foodstore (C) St. Stephens, S.C. Eddie Brown Adams' IGA (B) Paris, Tenn. Jim Adams Big Star #23 (D) Alamo, Tenn. Joe Sharon Douglas IGA (A) Greenbrier, Tenn. Ron Douglas Hays Foods #4 (C) Dyersburg, Tenn. Hadley Hays Hickerson Grocery (E) Linden, Tenn. Fred and Edna Hickerson Ingram's IGA (C) Trenton, Tenn. Jerry Stewart Lake County IGA (E) Tiptonville, Tenn. Jack Ervin, Jerry Estes, Bill Miles and Joe Sumner Leo's Food Center (E) Cookeville, Tenn. Leo DePriest Marshall's Big Star No. 209 (C) Nashville, Tenn. Cliff Marshall Sr. Mercer Food City (B) Hohenwald, Tenn. Kenneth and Linda Mercer Mosers Super Market #2 (A) Lebanon, Tenn. Linda and Odell Bain Piggly Wiggly #1 (A) Sparta, Tenn. Jim and Steve Floyd Piggly Wiggly #3 (D) Decatur, Tenn. Gene Wade Piggly Wiggly #2 (C) McMinnville, Tenn. Milton Milam Piggly Wiggly #11 (A) Memphis, Tenn. Mike Baker Piggly Wiggly #51 (A) Memphis, Tenn. Kenneth Storey Piggly Wiggly #88 (A) Middleton, Tenn. Larry Creekmore Reese's Big Star No. 205 (B) Hartsville, Tenn. Edwin Reese Rick's Cost Plus IGA (E) Clarksville, Tenn. Rick Hall Seessel's Supermarket #4 (E) Memphis, Tenn. Art and Jerry Seessel Steve's Big Star #101 (A) Memphis, Tenn. Steve Feathers Bridgewater IGA (C) Bridgewater, Va. Ralph Eagle Foodrite #2 (B) Crewe, Va. Jim and Linda Fitzpatrick FoodKing IGA (B) Charlottesville, Va. Bertie Carpenter and George Petrakos Stanley IGA (A) Stanley, Va. John Dunlap Stuarts Draft IGA (D) Stuarts Draft, Va. John Trumbo
EAST CENTRAL REGION Buehler's Buy-Low (E) Princeton, Ind. Dave and Joe Buehler Highland Village IGA (C) Bloomington, Ind. Larry Grubb Lances Super Valu (A) Gas City, Ind. Don Lance Mills Super Markets #1 (A) Bedford, Ind. Dick and Steve Mills Ray's IGA (B) Indianapolis, Ind. Marvin Ray Shakamak IGA (D) Jasonville, Ind. Jack Ridinger Warehouse of Groceries (D) Jeffersonville, Ind. Carl Austin Wilt's (B) Mishawaka, Ind. Brad Myers Allen's IGA Foodliner (D) Morehead, Ky. Bobby and Hubert Allen Campbellsville Gateway (C) Campbellsville, Ky. Edwin Rogers Conrad IGA (D) Marion, Ky. Richard Conrad Davis Value Foods (B) Paducah, Ky. Wes Davis E. C. Porter (A) London, Ky. E. C. Porter Gore's Big Star (C) Paducah, Ky. William R. Gore Harrodsburg Gateway (E) Harrodsburg, Ky. Skeeter Reed and Bill Dedman Lawrenceburg IGA Foodliner (F) Lawrenceburg, Ky. Jim Davis Louisa Foodland (D) Louisa, Ky. Charlie McCaw Lovelace Food Mart (D) La Center, Ky. Louis Lovelace Lyndon Kountry Key Market (D) Louisville, Ky. Jeff Sturges Pic Pac #146 (B) Louisa, Ky. Wayne Wooten Richmond Gateway (A) Richmond, Ky. John Baker Rodney's IGA (B) Benton, Ky. Rodney Smith Shepherdsville Warehouse Foods (B) Shepherdsville, Ky. Harold Redford Summit Foodland (B) Ashland, Ky. Robert M. Craycraft Thompson's IGA Foodliner (B) Martin, Ky. Paul Hunt Thompson Thompson's IGA Foodliner (C) Mt. Sterling, Ky. Tommy Thompson Youngblood Super Market (D) Mayfield, Ky. Leon Youngblood Alpena IGA (C) Alpena, Mich. Hal Neiman Ed's Thrift-T Food Center (A) Hesperia, Mich. Ed Dean Food Ranch (B) Allen Park, Mich. Jim Donovan Frankenmuth IGA (D) Frankenmuth, Mich. Bill Johnston Great Giant IGA (E) Flint, Mich. Joe Beavers Hopkin's Lake IGA (B) Owosso, Mich. Gail Hixon Punches Thrift-T Shopping Center (C) Muskegon, Mich. Neil Punches Reese IGA (A) Reese, Mich. Mike Melcheck Rich's Supermarket (C) Lawton, Mich. Rich Peart Shop 'N' Save Inc. (B) Fremont, Mich. William De Vries Brandenberry Cardinal (F) Columbus, Ohio Al Silva Cardinal Food Gallery (A) Columbus, Ohio Jim Steyer Chmiel's IGA Market (E) Tipp City, Ohio Stan Chmiel Cornell's IGA Foodliner (B) Shelby, Ohio Larry Cornell Cunningham's IGA (C) Upper Sandusky, Ohio Philip Cunningham Dillonvale IGA (C) Cincinnati, Ohio Mark Ossege and Bud Reifenberger Evergreen IGA Foodliner (B) Marietta, Ohio Homer and Kent Smith Geyer Super Valu (F) Lexington, Ohio Eric S. Geyer Keller's IGA (A) Cincinnati, Ohio John C. Keller Kishman--Minerva (C) Minerva, Ohio George Kishman McMaken's IGA Foodliner (D) Brookville, Ohio Jack McMaken Metro Markets (C) Dayton, Ohio Lee Schear Miller's Super Valu (A) Wauseon, Ohio Nick Miller Morris Cardinal (C) New Albany, Ohio Keith and Pam Morris Mr. McThrifty (E) Piqua, Ohio Dave Chasteen Neff's (F) Mansfield, Ohio Bob Juengst Norwalk Cardinal (A) Norwalk, Ohio Bob Gardner Oakwood Square (A) Hartville, Ohio John Olszeski Ohio Valley Foodland (A) Gallipolis, Ohio Robert Eastman Orlando Brothers Golden Dawn (A) Conneaut, Ohio Joe and Ron Orlando Orlando's Golden Dawn (C) North Kingsville, Ohio Sam Orlando Tinsley's IGA #3 (A) Bellefontaine, Ohio Bill Tinsley Tipton Foodland (E) Ironton, Ohio Jude Tipton and Tom Tipton Sr. Warren's IGA (D) Marietta, Ohio Charles N. Warren White Front Super (E) Fostoria, Ohio Tom Ash Allen's Supermarkets (E) Princeton, W.Va. Allen Griffith Ashley's IGA Foodliner (A) Union, W.Va. Shane Ashley Ralph's Supermarket (C) Parkersburg, W.Va. Ralph Looney Rick's Supermarket (A) Glen Daniels, W.Va. Rick Jarrell Rutledge IGA (C) Gilbert, W.Va. Tim Rutledge
WEST CENTRAL REGION Circle Super (A) Carbondale, Colo. John Giersch Downing Supermarket (B) Denver, Colo. Ted Zimmerman Jack & Jill (A) Holyoke, Colo. Neal Holmes Johnson's Super Foods (C) Ft. Morgan, Colo. Gary Johnson Bob & Warren's Market # 1533 (A) Smithton, Ill. Bob and Warren Wessel Country Fair (E) Carbondale, Ill. Pete Bradham D & K Food Park (C) Canton, Ill. John Davis and Mike Keller Jacksonville Foods #1592 (B) Jacksonville, Ill. Kenton L. Dawson Lemon's IGA (D) Pittsfield, Ill. Bill, Doris and Randy Lemons, and Lynn Turnbull Lewis Park IGA (B) Carbondale, Ill. David Pulcher Martin Foods IGA (D) Mt. Vernon, Ill. Pete Bradham McKim's IGA (A) Lawrenceville, Ill. John McKim Pay Less Supermarket (D) Anderson, Ill. Larry Contos Perry County IGA (D) Pinckneyville, Ill. Della Keene Schneider's A.G. Market #1300 (D) Valmeyer, Ill. Clayton Schneider Walker's (A) Charleston, Ill. Wilb Walker Bill's Red Owl (D) Forest City, Iowa Bill Korth Pay Less Foods (A) Dyersville, Iowa Ron Olberding and Mary E. Rooney Harry's IGA (E) Topeka, Kan. Jim Bauersfeld Lumpkin's IGA (A) Phillipsburg, Kan. Don Lumpkin Ralph's Jack & Jill (B) Hutchinson, Kan. Ralph Thrash Roy's Jack & Jill (C) Syracuse, Kan. Roy Friesen Russ' Jack & Jill (E) Ulysses, Kan. Russ and Carey Binney County Market (A) Cambridge, Minn. Mark Olson Craig's Red Owl (C) Barnsville, Minn. Craig Christopherson Eldens IGA (A) Austin, Minn. Elliott and Dennis Christensen Jackson's Super Valu (C) Madison, Minn. Dick Jackson John's Red Owl (C) Duluth, Minn. John Kuehnow and Dick Schmitz King Supermarket (B) Minneapolis, Minn. LeRoy King Lueken's Foods (F) Bemidji, Minn. Joe Lueken Marshall Super Valu (C) Marshall, Minn. Bob Almich Palubicki's Red Owl (A) Fosston, Minn. James Palubicki Peery's Jack & Jill (A) Annadale, Minn. Jerry Peery The Market Place (E) Cokato, Minn. Marv Marohn Town & Country Discount Foods (D) Glencoe, Minn. Leonard Jahnke Bob's IGA (E) Kansas City, Mo. Bob Lemons Briggs & Dailey (B) Moberly, Mo. Tom Briggs and Richard Dailey Hickman's Foods (C) Mexico, Mo. Jim and Marge Hickman IGA Thriftway (A) Branson, Mo. Charles Hertwick McClain Brothers (A) Charleston, Mo. Don and Gerald McClain Morrison's IGA (A) Knob Noster, Mo. Ron Morrison Ott's IGA (D) Bonne Terre, Mo. Lloyd Ott Parr's Food Mart (D) Kennett, Mo. Bud Parr Portageville IGA (C) Portageville, Mo. Roy Glastetter, Edwin Noffel and Norman Wood Ralph's Lake Forest Market #1313 (E) St. Louis, Mo. Ralph E. Willey Schaper's IGA (A) Jackson, Mo. Lester Maevers Sheehy's IGA (C) Sikeston, Mo. Jess Sheehy Shur-Sav Inc. #1586 (C) St. Louis, Mo. Peter Sarandos Snider's IGA East (F) Poplar Bluff, Mo. Louis Snider Tru Valu IGA (D) East Prairie, Mo. Steve and James Hodges Vancil's IGA (D) Campbell, Mo. J.P. Vancil Wimpy's IGA (D) Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Wimpy Roth Bil-Lo Foods (A) Stevensville, Mont. Jim Edwards Bob's IGA (B) Townsend, Mont. Bob Chamberlin Bud's quality Foods (B) Libby, Mont. Bud and Kathy Miller Denny's IGA Tiger Discounter (A) Great Falls, Mont. Denny Eubank Downing's IGA (B) Red Lodge, Mont. Gail and Donna Downing Kon's Supers (C) Billings, Mont. Charlean Keller and Doug Jenkins Martin's IGA (E) Helena, Mont. Floyd Martin Pablo IGA (C) Pablo, Mont. Chuck Arlint Reynolds Warehouse (D) Miles City, Mont. Ken McGovern Bronson's Super Valu (A) Beulah, N.D. Rich Bronson Leevers' Super Valu (A) Jamestown, N.D. Jack and Bob Leevers Reed's Super Valu (E) Ellendale, N.D. Claude Reed Stan's Red Owl (E) Wishek, N.D. Stan Deile Dallman's IGA (D) Lincoln, Neb. Gary Dallman Grand Central IGA (A) Kearney, Neb. Gene Simpkins Henderson's IGA (C) Valentine, Neb. Jerry Henderson Jack & Jill (D) Superior, Neb. Dick Rempe and Frank Sullivan Norman's IGA (C) Nebraska City, Neb. Norman Stehlik Russ's IGA (C) Lincolin, Neb. Russ Raybould Beer's Super Valu (B) Woodruff, Wis. Frank Beer Burnstad's Tomah Shopping Center (D) Tomah, Wis. Vic Burnstad Dale & Jim's Super Valu (A) Berlin, Wis. Dale Albrandt and Jim Fryda Gentz's County Market (D) Janesville, Wis. Jerry Gentz Gold's Shop-Rite (C) Milwaukee, Wis. Bob Gold Grasch's Foods (E) Brookfield, Wis. Tony Grash Park & Save Foods (A) Sheboygan, Wis. Robert Rindt Pick 'n Save--East Capitol (A) Milwaukee, Wis. Floyd Berggren Ron & Lloyd's Red Owl (F) Mosinee, Wis. Ron Brasch and Lloyd Coppersmith Steffen's Super Valu (E) Stoughton, Wis. Norwood Steffen Tate's Shop-Rite (B) Milwaukee, Wis. Duane Tate The "Fresh Express" (C) Waukesha, Wis. Neil Lofberg Blair's Market (B) Powell, Wyo. Blair Foulger Ideal North Super Foods (D) Laramie, Wyo. John Shuster Lander Super Foods (E) Lander, Wyo. Clair Toponce Peyton Bolin Market (E) Douglas, Wyo. Butch Bolin Town & Country Warehouse Foods (A) Casper, Wyo. Andy Perlinski Woodward's Iga (C) Gillette, Wyo. Bob Woodward
SOUTHWEST REGION Big Star #38 (A) Jonesboro, Ark. Lynn Greene Consumer's IGA Thriftway (E) Fayetteville, Ark. Charles Agee Fisher's IGA (B) Wynee, Ark. Guy Fisher Food 4 Less (C) Bentonville, Ark. John Phillips IGA Foodliner (C) Russellville, Ark. Bob Ellison IGA Foodliner (A) Siloam Springs, Ark. Grady Lamb Piggly Wiggly #49 (C) Conway, Ark. Gerald Bowen Piggly Wiggly #87 (A) Gurdon, Ark. Terry Thomason Pocahontas IGA (A) Pocahontas, Ark. Bill Gill and Mike Richardson Dalhart Jack & Jill (A) Dalhart, Texas Dennis Friesen Moore's Jack & Jill (D) Hereford, Texas Ken, Bobby and Brett Moore
PACIFIC REGION Lakeside Super (C) Sitka, Alaska Carolyn Hammack Tatsuda's (C) Ketchikan, Alaska Bill Tatsuda McKeever's Frontier Market (A) Wickenburg, Ariz. Gerald McKeever Black's Market (C) Orinda, Calif. Vasco Giannini Irvine Ranch Farmers Market (A) Newport Beach, Calif. Jon Hubbard Original 32nd Street Market (C) Los Angeles, Calif. Morrie Notrica Pro Markets Oakland, Calif. Keith Sovereign Glenwood IGA (A) Orofino, Idaho Paul Pippenger Dee's IGA (C) Roseburg, Ore. Gordon Atterbury Eric's IGA (E) Junction City, Ore. Eric Jacobson Food Value IGA #1 (A) Eugene, Ore. Jean Le Roux and Rudy Dory Glisan Thriftway (B) Portland, Ore. Art Coughlin Grady's Market (D) Waldport, Ore. Ray Grady Hauke's Sentry (C) Astoria, Ore. Skip Hauke Lowrie's IGA (D) Wilsonville, Ore. Wayne and Terry Lowrie Orcutt's IGA (D) Keizer, Ore. Andy Orcutt and Dave Beaty Pendleton Consumers Warehouse (D) Pendleton, Ore. Steve McGuire Pioneer Sentry (A) Sisters, Ore. Art thenell Roth's Sunnyslope IGA (E) Salem, Ore. Orville Roth Scholls Thriftway (E) Tigard, Ore. Howard Williams Barneys (E) Spokane, Wash. Don, Ken, Mike and John Tuntland Bayview Market Place (C) Olympia, Wash. Ken Stormans Bob's Excell Foods (A) Moses Lake, Wash. Bob Davidson Dick & Steve's Grocery Co. (C) Vancouver, Wash. Dick Ballew, Steve Possey And Gary Smith Dick's Shop-Rite (B) Raymond, Wash. Dick Morris Dissmore's IGA (A) Pullman, Wash. Chet and Mark Dissmore Entiat Food Center (A) Entiat, Wash. Mike Swearingen Fairway Shop-Rite (A) Centralia, Wash. Gary and Larry Mattson Food Mart 1 & 2 (C) Spokane, Wash. Bill Earp and Ken Miller Larry's Market (E) Seattle, Wash. Larry McKinney Mega Foods (A) Puyallup, Wash. Mike McGowan Noah's Village Shop-Rite (E) Bremerton, Wash. Nick Garguile Olson's (D) Lynnwood, Wash. Morrie Olson Orting Foods (A) Orting, Wash. Lynn Kampfer Price Choppers/Tri-City Food Inc. (B) Cashmere, Wash. Gordon Martin Ranch Excell (D) Spokane, Wash. Terry Sparrow Reed's Shop-Rite (D) Hadlock, Wash. Ron Reed Summit Trading (D) Puyallup, Wash. Byron and Gary Carlson
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