Hockey Day Minnesota: Meet Our Team!

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With today being the start of Hockey Day Minnesota weekend in our company’s hometown of St. Cloud, we’d like to take some time to celebrate some of our employees who have a passion for hockey. They play for various teams across the area – however, we are proud to also have them on OUR team, too!

Logan – Coborn’s Clearwater

Lindsay – Coborn’s Ramsey

Porter – Coborn’s Sauk Rapids

Chase – Coborn’s Sauk Rapids

Zack  – Coborn’s Sauk Rapids

Nick – Coborn’s Sauk Rapids

Noah – Coborn’s Albertville

Tyler – Marketplace Foods Hayward

Owen – Marketplace Foods Hayward

Logan-Marketplace Foods Hayward

Mackenzie – Coborn’s Long Prairie

Brandon – Coborn’s Riverside

Paige & Carli – Coborn’s Princeton

Thank you to these employees, and ALL the 7500+ employees who play for our Coborn’s, Inc. team, for providing exceptional service to our guests each day and making our proud family of stores a great place to work!




Coborn’s in Albertville celebrates remodeled store with celebration!

After a major remodeling project that transformed Coborn’s in Albertville into the company’s third next-generation store, guests and employees marked this achievement with a grand re-opening celebration on Thursday, November 30. Coupled with the Taste of the Holidays event happening at Coborn’s stores companywide, the grand re-opening drew in many guests who enjoyed the holiday-themed event and got to take a closer look at their remodeled store.

Through this remodel, we have added more fresh products, introduced new services and brought a unique modern look to the interior of the store, similar to Coborn’s Marketplace in Isanti and at Pine Cone Rd. in Sartell. Some of the key changes that Coborn’s guests will notice include:

The Kitchen: This new centerpiece area will serve made-to-order entrees that are packaged in-store for easy, convenient pick-up and quick at-home preparation. Brick-oven fired pizza, delicious sandwiches and other grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options are just a few of the items guests will find in the Kitchen, in addition to a sushi bar and future salad bar.

Albertville is also the first location that Coborn’s will launch its re-branded chicken products under the Chicken Shack name. All popular current offerings and new additions will be sold under this name. Our chicken is double battered and made all through the day so it’s always fresh! We use a secret, crave worthy breading blend for our hand-dipped chicken tenders and fried chicken. Our grilled chicken and our rotisserie chicken are seasoned to perfection. Our chicken is raised on local Gold N Plump family farms and are antibiotic free and American Humane Certified.

Chop Shoppe: This new service will allow guests the opportunity to save time by getting their fresh fruits and veggies cut before they leave the store. The Chop Shoppe also produces a variety of freshly-squeezed juices, which are available to purchase.

Click and Collect online shopping:  Guests will be able to place their order online by visiting coborns.com, shopping on any mobile or desktop device and have their order waiting for them for pickup at a designated timeslot they’ve chosen.

Changes in the grocery aisles:

  • Larger selection of vitamins and supplements
  • Added natural/organic pet food
  • First Coborn’s, Inc. grocery store to have more space for water products over carbonated soft drinks
  • Larger selection of nutrition bars & portable wholesome breakfast snacks
  • More “better for you” snacking options
  • Specialty olives section – 55 varieties to choose from
  • Added over 30 new hot sauces – go from India to Mexico to local and more!
  • Added a Thai & Indian food section
  • Added more than 40 new types of olive oil! Nearly 100 varieties to choose from
  • Meat department, Frozen Foods and Natural Foods sections now integrated and grouped together to make the shopping experience even easier for guests
  • Brand new candy section with a significant increase in candy offerings! Enjoy a wide assortment of options, including premium selections and M&Ms sorted by color!

Caribou Coffee: We are adding a Caribou Coffee in-store to further cement this grocery store as a destination in the community. This new addition will allow guests the opportunity to enjoy a warm or cool beverage while shopping, or in the comfort of a cozy coffee shop environment.

Pharmacy: Coborn’s continues to provide the same great services with their experienced pharmacy team. Earlier this year, Coborn’s, Inc. added high-tech PharmaSmart blood pressure machines to its stores with pharmacies, allowing guests the opportunity to better track their blood pressure.

Full-service Floral Department: Guests will now have access to additional floral services as this department becomes full-service. As a full-service floral department, we offer all the amenities! We do funerals, weddings, deliveries, balloon bouquets along with special events planning. We have arrangement bouquets ready for guests’ shopping convenience. Staffed hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday/Sunday 9am-1pm. Experienced floral designers can assist guests with their floral needs!

New Smoked Meat Products in Meat Department: In addition to the already wide selection of quality fresh meat products, this new remodel will bring with it the addition of new items, including a variety of smoked meats, such as smoked ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket options and more.

Coborn’s Liquor Store: Coborn’s Liquor will continue to provide the same great services and wide selection of beer, liquor, wine and spirits at their new location which opened earlier this year in Albertville.

The store’s re-grand opening celebration was preceded by a Wellness Wednesday event put together by Supermarket Registered Dietitian Amy Peick. During this event, she and Pharmacist Annie Anderson spoke to a group about preventing and managing diabetes, and also provided more insight into our new Dietitian’s Choice program.

Coborn’s in Albertville is led by Store Director Gordy Midas who has been with the company since 1968.

Want to work at our newly remodeled store in Albertville? Click here to see current openings and apply! 




Annual Grocers on the Green Fundraiser raises money for cancer care

Coborn’s would like to thank 60 generous teams of vendors who took part in this year’s Grocers on the Green fundraiser at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, MN in September. Over its 16 years, this highly-anticipated event has raised more than $2.7 million to help support the fight against pediatric cancer.

The teams competed at this year’s event with each group contributing to the cause via four different sponsorship levels ranging from $750 up to $10,000.

Grocers on the Green enables St. Cloud Hospital to serve more children with cancer and blood disorders in Central Minnesota, without the added stress of having to travel to the Twin Cities for care, while providing the same quality through their partnership with Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.

Fabulous child life specialists create an environment that is as pain-free and stress-free as possible. For the kids receiving chemo treatments, each time they have to have a needle poke or procedure, the child life specialists create a plan to find out what will work best for that child on that particular day. After treatments, kids get to pick out a prize from the treasure box or put a coin in the token tower. Grocers on the Green is proud to support these ongoing initiatives to make life more enjoyable for children who are enduring big things.

As part of the closing program, the participants were introduced to Kennedi Hay and her family. Kennedi was diagnosed with cancer of her right kidney in January when she complained of a stomach ache. The kidney was removed and she had six rounds of radiation followed by aggressive chemotherapy. Through it all, she kept smiling, especially when playing with her princesses.

Some of the money raised through Grocers on the Green was used to paint bright murals in the St. Cloud Hospital Pediatric Cancer services. These newly designed walls help brighten the spirits of both the kids and their families at a time when they need it most. When the artists painted the beautiful murals in short stay, they asked Kennedi what animal she likes best and she told them kitties. A kitten was then pained on the mural in her honor. 

Grocers on the Green began as an idea over drinks between Chris Coborn and Greg Kurr, CEO and President of Kemps. Chris wanted to do something to help support CentraCare’s mission to improve the health of every patient, every day, which is something that Chris’ father, Dan, was also passionate about. The rest is history.

 

The 60 teams participating in the event represented generous Coborn’s, Inc. vendors, including:

Bernick’s

Pan O Gold

Famer-Bocken Co

Viking Coca-Cola

Russ Davis Wholesale

Hockenberg Kretschmar

Blue Bunny

Cameron’s Coffee

Blue Bunny

Cameron’s Coffee

Marco

Kraft Heinz Company

National Beef/Certified Hereford

Kemps

Dean Foods

KeHe Food

Jennie-O Turkey

Willow Creek Brokerage

Greater Omaha Packing

Oasis Brands

Hormel Foods

Post Consumer Brands

Nestle Water NA

Old Dutch Foods

Ronnoco Coffee

Miller Coors

Crystal Farms

Anhauser Busch

C&L Distributing

Bernatello’s Foods

Rice Companies, Inc.

7 Up Snapple Co.

Musaco Family Olive Co.

J&B Group

Holiday Companies

Pilgrims

Kennys Candy

SUPERVALU

Trident Seafoods

Land O Frost

Sysco

MN Petroleum

 

Clearwater Travel Plaza

Advantage Solutions

Hockenberg

Snyders of Hanover

Acosta

Affinity Marketing Group

Carlin Group

In addition to Grocers on the Green, Food for the Cause, formerly called Food for the Cure, also helps support couples and families with young children. The money pays for counseling and classes for patients and their families, an endowment to fund registered nurse care coordinators, and participation in more than 50 clinical research studies. This special campaign raises nearly $200,000 annually.