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.
Harvey Miller with crates of eggs in 1959.
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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.
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:
The grocery industry is prospering, even though the greater Chicago market is crowded with competition, Strack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said.
EAST CHICAGO | Two employees of a small East Chicago grocery store were shot Tuesday night after an altercation at the business, police said.
Strack & Van Til, the largest local grocery chain, is pursuing a major multimillion-dollar renovation of its Munster supermarket.
Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said grocery stores have been doing well, but depend on a healthy economy.
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.
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.
Grocery stores are working to remain relevant to customers, such as by offering more natural foods, said Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson.
There's almond butter, gluten-free bread, craft beer and blinking electronic price labels on the shelves.
An A&P Grocery 1939 advertisement heralds the holiday arrival of the Jane Parker Fruitcake Line.
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.
Grocery stores have been getting by, but face headwinds that include fierce competition and increasingly cost-conscious customers.
An auto parts store has opened its first location in Gary.
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.
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.
Stan Stefanski, of Highland, is the owner of Big Frank's Sausage, 1417 Carrol St., in East Chicago, which is prized as one of Northwest Indiana's combo Polish deli-grocery-restaurants.
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