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Retiring Strack and Van Til president proves hard work pays off

Retiring Strack and Van Til president proves hard work pays off

A longtime fixture in the local business community started his career in the grocery industry at a time when they still stamped the prices on the cans and rang them up manually at the cash register.

October 18, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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GROCERY: Sector grapples with high unemployment, food stamp cuts

GROCERY: Sector grapples with high unemployment, food stamp cuts

The grocery industry is doing well, but Strack and Van Til stores are faring better in South Lake County, where the unemployment is lower than it is in the northern cities or Illinois.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Harvey Miller with Crates of Eggs in 1959

Harvey Miller with Crates of Eggs in 1959

Harvey Miller with crates of eggs in 1959.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Miller's remembered as last of family department stores

OFFBEAT: Miller's remembered as last of family department stores

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am
Memories of Miller's: Recent store site renovation inspires Sunday celebration of shared memories

Memories of Miller's: Recent store site renovation inspires Sunday celebration of shared memories

VALPARAISO | Roy Krizek of Beverly Shores can still recall his favorite potato salad recipe sold in the glass deli case at Miller's grocery store in Valparaiso.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am
Father and Son Life Lessons: New book and local signing event highlight Polish family life with a father's strict guidance

Father and Son Life Lessons: New book and local signing event highlight Polish family life with a father's strict guidance

Early on, in his new 176-page paperback book of his childhood stories, author Richard Post, who was raised in the Polish neighborhood of Chicago known as "Goose Island" during the 1940s and 1950s, shares a vivid story about the importance his father placed on discipline:

June 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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GROCERY: Industry doing well in spite of increased competition

GROCERY: Industry doing well in spite of increased competition

The grocery industry is prospering, even though the greater Chicago market is crowded with competition, Strack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said. 

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

Two employees shot at E.C. store

EAST CHICAGO | Two employees of a small East Chicago grocery store were shot Tuesday night after an altercation at the business, police said.

April 30, 2014 6:35 pm
Stracks renovating Munster supermarket, bulking up organics

Stracks renovating Munster supermarket, bulking up organics

Strack & Van Til, the largest local grocery chain, is pursuing a major multimillion-dollar renovation of its Munster supermarket.

March 28, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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GROCERY: Northwest Indiana market stable, but Illinois shoppers more demanding

GROCERY: Northwest Indiana market stable, but Illinois shoppers more demanding

Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said grocery stores have been doing well, but depend on a healthy economy.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
Small independent grocers carve niche as industry consolidates

Small independent grocers carve niche as industry consolidates

Highland Fresh Produce tried to make a go of it in a strip mall off a busy street selling a variety of healthy fare, including acorn squash, aloe leaves and papaya.

November 09, 2013 11:45 pm Photos

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Lansing store up for competition from Super Walmart

LANSING | When Sheila Johnston, a Munster resident, shopped recently at Jansma Farmstand, 3033 Ridge Road, she said she makes the trip because the market has high-quality produce.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
GROCERY: Grocery stores catering more toward customers who want healthy food

GROCERY: Grocery stores catering more toward customers who want healthy food

Grocery stores are working to remain relevant to customers, such as by offering more natural foods, said Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am
Strack & Van Til investing in stores, stocking more organics

Strack & Van Til investing in stores, stocking more organics

There's almond butter, gluten-free bread, craft beer and blinking electronic price labels on the shelves.

October 19, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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A&P Grocery 1939 Advertisement for Jane Parker Fruitcake Line

A&P Grocery 1939 Advertisement for Jane Parker Fruitcake Line

An A&P Grocery 1939 advertisement heralds the holiday arrival of the Jane Parker Fruitcake Line.

October 02, 2013 12:00 am
What will Whole Foods do to area?

What will Whole Foods do to area?

Whole Foods Market has been disparaged for eating up whole paychecks, but its tony reputation could have a whole lot of impact on Northwest Indiana's image.

September 14, 2013 11:15 pm Photos

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GROCERY: Grocery stores dealing with tighter household budgets

GROCERY: Grocery stores dealing with tighter household budgets

Grocery stores have been getting by, but face headwinds that include fierce competition and increasingly cost-conscious customers.

July 21, 2013 12:00 am

Advance Auto Parts opens in Gary

An auto parts store has opened its first location in Gary.

July 12, 2013 9:20 am

Jewel drops its savings card

Shoppers won't have to fish around in their wallets for another card while checking out at a local grocery store, just so they can save 20 cents on lunch meat or a box of cereal.

July 01, 2013 10:30 am
How to Take a Bite Out of  Your Family's Food Bills

How to Take a Bite Out of Your Family's Food Bills

If it seems like your grocery store bills are getting bigger, you're not imagining it: food prices are on the rise, and poised to go higher.

January 25, 2013 12:00 am
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