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.
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.
Stopping by after school one day a month to pick up frozen Market Day items ordered from a printed flyer has been a tradition for many local families for decades.
The grocery industry is prospering, even though the greater Chicago market is crowded with competition, Strack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said.
MERRILLVILLE | Low-price grocery store Aldi plans to soon reopen its newly remodeled Merrillville location at 10 W. 81st Ave.
CEDAR LAKE | The folks behind the Strack & Van Til Food Market in Cedar Lake are giving new meaning to the term "green grocer."
Meat cutter Dennis Kazmierczak restocks the ground beef cooler at the new Ultra location in Merrillville.
Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said grocery stores have been doing well, but depend on a healthy economy.
Young woman with a grocery shopping bag.
Ultra Foods will soon open its 16th location in Prospect Heights in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.
Grocery stores are working to remain relevant to customers, such as by offering more natural foods, said Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson.
CEDAR LAKE | After hungering in a food desert for three years, residents of this lakeside community happily converged on the first-of-its-kind Strack & Van Til grocery store Thursday following grand opening ceremonies.
Grocery delivery service WeGoShop.com has expanded to include Lake County.
MERRILLVILLE | A new Ultra Foods store featuring a unique modern décor with expanded meat, produce and hot food sections opened Tuesday at 6001 Broadway in Merrillville.
Meat cutter Dennis Kazmierczak restocks the ground beef cooler at the new Ultra location in Merrillville. The grand opening for the store will be May 16. Hours are 6 a.m. to midnight daily.
The new Ultra location in Merrillville is open for business. Located in the remodeled 65,000-square-foot former PayLow Foods’ building, the store is the fourth Ultra Foods in Lake County.
Jen Witvoet of Wheatfield, shops for bread and other groceries at the new Ultra location in Merrillville. Located in the remodeled 65,000-square-foot former PayLow Foods’ building, the store is the fourth Ultra Foods in Lake County.
The new Ultra location in Merrillville is open for business.
Conditions within the grocery segment are encouraging the trend of smaller chains of stores selling out to become part of larger "super-independent" ones, said Dave Wilkinson.
Sally and Michael Moyers' franchise, Wegoshop.com, shops and delivers groceries and other items for a small fee. They've expanded their franchise into Valparaiso and Chesterton areas in Porter County. .
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