Gordy’s Market announces management changes

Gordy’s Market announces management changes
Gordy’s Market announces management changes


CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISC, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gordy and Donna Schafer announce the official retirement of their sons Jeff Schafer, President of Gordy’s Market, and Rick Schafer, Vice President of Facilities for Gordy’s Market. Jeff and Rick worked for the family owned and operated business for over 80 years combined.

“It has been an incredible journey working with my family and the hardworking team at Gordy’s Market,” said Jeff, “I am proud to turn the business over  to the fully capable hands of my brothers, David and Dan, sister, Jenna, as well as the third generation of Schafer’s who are now an instrumental part of the family business.”

“We have truly enjoyed serving our communities, meeting so many of our customers and helping my parents [Gordy and Donna] further the family business,” said Rick.

David Schafer, Gordy’s Market Chief Financial Officer and son of Gordy and Donna Schafer, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Jenna Schafer, Gordy’s Market Vice President of Information Technology and Human Resources and daughter of Gordy and Donna Schafer, will now serve as Chief Information Officer. Both Dave and Jenna began their careers as part-time clerks at Gordy’s Market on Lake Wissota and held positions of increasing responsibility in several functions and areas of the grocery business.

“We have a great deal of fond memories working with our brothers [Jeff and Rick] and have been lucky enough to grow Gordy’s Market from the one store on the Southside of Chippewa with our father [Gordy] and mother [Donna] to now 26,” said David, “Jenna and I are looking forward to the next 50 years and leading the team of 2,000 employees here at Gordy’s.”

Founded on the values of providing local families with quality products at affordable prices while paying high attention to friendly service, Gordy’s continues to offer its local communities these long standing traditions. A family owned and operated tradition spanning over 3 generations, the grocery business has been a passion of the Schafer Family for 50 years and now owns and operates 26 stores with 2,000 employees across Western Wisconsin.Additional growth in leadership roles include Joel Jacobson, Gordy’s Market Vice President of Sales who has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Joel has been with Gordy’s for 24 years, holding positions as Clerk, Store Manager, and various Director roles.

For More Information, Contact:
Maggie Cook
Marketing Director
Gordy’s Market

Source: Gordy’s Market


SpartanNash signed a long term contract to be the primary wholesaler to Gordy’s Market

Wisconsin-based 21-store chain to begin transition February 1

Byron Center, MI, 2016-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN), the nation’s fifth largest food distributor and leading distributor to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, announced today that it has signed a long term contract to be the primary wholesaler to Gordy’s Market, the largest locally owned and operated grocer in the Western Wisconsin area. Gordy’s Market was founded by Gordon Ray and Donna Schafer in 1966 on the South Side of Chippewa Falls and has grown into a family owned 21-store/13 express fuel station chain. (Click here to find a complete list of all Gordy’s Market locations).Gordy’s will be serviced out of SpartanNash’s St. Cloud, Minnesota distribution center.

“As a wholesale/retail operator, SpartanNash’s leadership clearly understands what it takes to deliver quality products, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service,” notes David Schafer, Chief Financial Officer for Gordy’s. “We have been impressed by SpartanNash’s leadership, commitment to growth, private brand offerings, and portfolio of value added services.” In addition to national brand products, SpartanNash will distribute its exclusive Our Family® brand, as well as the value added Top Care,® Value Time® and natural and/or organic and eco-friendly Full CircleTM brands.

Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash President and Chief Executive Officer, believes “Gordy’s is a perfect fit for our distribution operations. We have years of experience meeting our Wisconsin customers’ preferences, our St. Cloud DC is strategically located to minimize food miles, and we are positioned to help Gordy’s grow. We see this agreement as a win:win for both parties.”

SpartanNash will begin distributing private brand product to Gordy’s in mid-February and will be servicing Gordy’s as its primary distributor by May 2016.

About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and SunMart.

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications

SOURCE: SpartanNash Company