CASS LAKE – A chain of grocery stores that started here is purchasing a Spicer store.
Teal’s Market has purchased Jahnke Foods in Spicer, and will rename the store when it opens next Wednesday.
Teal’s is a family-owned business with a 70-year history that will now own and operate 10 grocery stores, including one in Cass Lake. In total, Teal’s owns seven stores in Minnesota, two in North Dakota and one in South Dakota.
The Spicer location “fits our niche well,” Andrea Teal, general manager of Teal’s, which was started by her great-grandparents in 1942 in Cass Lake, told the West Central Tribune.
The Spicer store has 45 employees, and Teal’s intends to keep all of them on staff. The store will be closed on Tuesday for crews to do inventory and allow Teal’s to re-tag the store with the Nash Finch Company merchandise, including the “Our Family” private label.
It will reopen on Wednesday morning as Teal’s Market.
Andrea Teal said over the next couple months they intend to give the store a facelift with new shelving, cases, freezer doors and a color scheme of tan and burgundy that matches the other Teal’s Market stores.
Reporting by Carolyn Lange of Forum News Service.