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03/09/2018 Coborn's on Cooper Avenue undergoing 'next-generation' remodel

Coborn’s on Cooper Ave. undergoing major remodel to “next-generation” Coborn’s Marketplace store

ST. CLOUD, MINN – An exciting remodeling project is underway at Coborn’s on Cooper Ave. in St. Cloud as this location is transformed into the company’s second “next generation” grocery store in the St. Cloud area. When the remodel is complete, this location will have the same look and enhanced offerings currently available at Coborn’s Marketplace on Pine Cone Rd. in Sartell.

As part of the remodel, Coborn’s will be introducing several new and remodeled departments in the store which 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 the already existing sushi, salad and wing bars.
  • Chop Shoppe: Coborn’s Cooper Ave. guests will be able to get their fruits and veggies sliced and diced on the spot. Plus, the store will also feature fresh juice that is made in the Chop Shoppe.
  • Meat Market and Fisherman’s Wharf: The Meat Department will undergo some exciting cosmetic changes as it is transformed into the Cooper Ave. Meat Market and Fisherman’s Wharf. Guests can still expect to find the same great meat products and fresh seafood in this area.
  • Click and Collect Online Shopping: Guests will be able to place an order online by visiting Coborns.com. Their groceries will be available for pickup at a designated timeslot that they have chosen.
  • Liquor Store Remodel: Coborn’s Liquor is also undergoing a remodel, which includes increasing the space in this department and adding to the already wide selection of beer, wine and spirts. Other changes include a more convenient checkout and updates to décor to enhance the overall shopping experience.

Changes in the grocery aisles:

  • Larger selection of vitamins and supplements.
  • Larger selection of nutrition bars & portable wholesome breakfast snacks.
  • More “better for you” snacking options.
  • Specialty olives section – 55 varieties to choose from.
  • Adding over 30 new hot sauces – go from India to Mexico to local and more!
  • Adding a Thai & Indian food area.
  • Adding more than 40 new types of olive oil – nearly 100 varieties to choose from.
  • Meat department, Frozen Foods and Natural Foods products will be 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!

“This remodel is about further investing in our guests’ shopping experience, right in our hometown” said Chris Coborn, Chairman, President and CEO of Coborn’s, Inc. “Our area grocery stores offer something unique, such as specialty items, meal solutions, MORE Rewards and wellness information right in our aisles. The nextgeneration concept adds another layer of excitement on top of that.”

Construction is expected to be complete by mid-June. The community room, which is frequently used by guests in the coffee shop area, will still be available. Coborn’s on Cooper Ave. is led by Sarah Putnam who has been with the company since 1998.

A Commitment to serving the St. Cloud Area
Since 1921, Coborn’s has proudly served countless people who call Central Minnesota home. Many employees who first came to Coborn’s looking for a job later found a rewarding, fulfilling career without ever leaving the company. Today, Coborn’s employs nearly 2,000 people in the St. Cloud area in both retail and non-retail positions. In its near 100-year history, the company has continued to adapt to its guests’ changing needs while not losing sight of the family values it was built upon. Each day, Coborn’s empowers its employee owners to “Be Remarkable!” by providing unique shopping experiences, healthy living, and simplicity, one guest at a time.

“The St. Cloud area is a great place to call home,” Coborn added. “We’re thankful to all our guests who shop our area stores and our team of remarkable employee owners who make serving our guests their top priority each day.”


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

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03/08/2018 Coborn's, Inc. launching new 'Food Facts' program

Coborn’s, Inc. launching new “Food Facts” program to complement existing Dietitian’s Choice program

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – With March being National Nutrition Month, Coborn’s, Inc. is proud to announce the rollout of an exciting new program in our grocery stores to further drive our company’s Vision of “inspiring healthy living.” We are in the process of implementing “Food Facts” in Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores. Food Facts will provide valuable nutrition information in the form of attributes for a variety of items located in the center store grocery aisles. Each location will have 3,500-4,500 items with Food Facts listed on price tags.


A total of three attributes can be displayed on the price tag at any given time. The attributes will be displayed in the following order:

  • Dietitian’s Choice
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Sodium
  • Whole Grain
  • Heart Healthy
  • Local

This program complements Dietitian’s Choice, which was implemented in Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores in Fall 2017. The first attribute of any product will always be Dietitian’s Choice if that item was earmarked as Dietitian’s Choice by our team of Supermarket Registered Dietitians. Food Facts uses the following standards, which draw upon government standards, to determine whether an item earns an attribute:

-Organic: Identified by the “USDA Organic” stamp on the product label. USDA Certified Organic – must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).

-Gluten Free: Identified by manufacturer as “Gluten Free” on the product label.

-Low Sodium: Identifies products that are low in sodium, ≤ 140mg per serving and Recommended Amount Customarily Consumed (RACC).

-Heart Healthy: Items are low saturated fat, low cholesterol, limited sodium (480mg per serving) or 600mg (meal and main dish), and contain less than 3g total fat or 3g or less of total fat (meal/main dish per 100g) AND contains DV of 10% or more for Vitamins A, or C, Calcium, Iron, or Protein.

-Whole Grain: Identifies products that are made with whole grain and contain at least 8g of whole grain.

“The timing of this rollout coincides with National Nutrition Month,” said Emily Coborn, Vice President of Fresh Merchandising. “However, our team is continually looking for ways throughout the year to help our guests and employees meet their health goals. This program is another step forward in doing that.”

Food Facts will be introduced to our guests in upcoming Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods ads on Sunday, March 11.

Dietitian’s Choice

As previously stated, Food Facts complements Dietitian’s Choice, which is already in place at all Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores. Dietitian’s Choice was developed by Coborn’s team of Supermarket Registered Dietitians. They examined the products sold in Coborn’s, Inc. grocery stores and selected more than 5,500 items so far that carry a Dietitian’s Choice mark based on a food’s nutritional density and several nutritional components. CentraCare Health and its team of respected dietitians have endorsed Dietitian’s Choice.

More Resources

As Coborn’s, Inc. works to continue inspiring healthy living, please be mindful of the health and wellness tools already available to Coborn’s, Inc. guests and employees, including:

  • On Coborns.com, the Dietitian’s Corner offers many self-help resources and guides.
  • Supermarket Registered Dietitians that support select stores. Paid in-store services include: personal consults, community presentations, classes, grocery tours, health fairs and meal planning.
  • Supermarket registered dietitians have dedicated Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
  • Dietitian’s Choice recipes for meal occasions.
  • Monthly E-mail: Dietitian Digest.
  • Recipe video twice each month.
  • Facebook Live every Tuesday.
  • Supermarket Registered Dietitians blog for “Produce for Better Health.”
  • Foodie Feature of the Month.
  • Weight Management Program for employees twice a year.
  • Wellness Wednesday in select stores the second Wednesday of every month (partnership with pharmacy).
  • In-store demos.
  • Eat Healthy, Shop Smart newsletter (food safety, pharmacy, kids section).

In addition to Supermarket Registered Dietitians, Coborn’s, Inc.’s team of pharmacists are available to consult with patients about their medication, health and lifestyle.

Coborn’s, Inc.’s company vision calls on employees to inspire happiness, health and simplicity for our guests; this is an opportunity for Coborn’s, Inc. to continue living our vision in new and engaging ways. We are excited about the future and potential of this new program as this program is implemented in our stores.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and was named a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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02/06/2018 Coborn's, Inc. announces plans to build Cash Wise store in north Bismarck

Cash Wise store will be the second location in the Bismarck area

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Coborn’s, Inc., parent company to Cash Wise, is announcing plans to build a Cash Wise store near the intersection of Ottawa St. and 43rd Ave NE, just west of Highway 83 in the fast-growing city of Bismarck, ND.

This location will feature a fuel and car wash, as well as a Caribou Coffee with drive-thru. It will bring with it the same friendly service, fresh foods and convenient one-stop shopping that Cash Wise guests have come to know since Cash Wise was first introduced in Bismarck in 1996.

“We are happy to provide our valued guests who live, work and shop in the north Bismarck area with a second convenient Cash Wise option,” said Chris Coborn, Chairman, President and CEO of Coborn’s, Inc. “Bismarck is a fast-growing community and we are excited to be part of its continued growth. We are thankful to our guests for welcoming us more than 20 years ago and allowing us the opportunity to serve them in North Dakota’s capital city.”

Construction on this new location is expected to start in spring 2018 with an anticipated opening date slated for late 2018. More details about this new location will be released in the future.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

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01/31/2018 Coborn's celebrates 40+ years in Little Falls with grand re-opening after remodel

Coborn’s in Little Falls is the company’s fourth store to use this new “next-generation” format

Little Falls, Minn. – Coborn’s is marking more than 40 years in Little Falls with the completion of a major remodeling project that has transformed the grocery store into one of the company’s new “next-generation” grocery stores. Guests and employees will mark this achievement with a variety of celebratory events on Thursday, February 15.

The celebration begins with entertainment and an in-store sampling event which starts at 10:30 a.m. Coborn’s guests will have the opportunity to try some of the store’s newest fresh offerings! At 11:00 a.m., the public is invited to a mini program to recognize the efforts of those involved in the remodel. Chris Coborn, Chairman, President and CEO of Coborn’s, Inc. will deliver remarks along with Store Director Greg Zylka, District Manager David Ham and Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce President Deb Boelz. A ribbon cutting picture and coffee/cake will follow. Entertainment and the sampling event will continue until 1:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., the store will hold another sampling event for evening shoppers which will go until 6:30 p.m.

Through this remodel, Coborn’s has added more fresh products, introduced new services and brought a unique modern look to the interior of the store, as seen at Coborn’s Marketplace in Isanti, Pine Cone Rd. in Sartell and Albertville. 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.

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. This service will be available at the store later this winter.

Changes in the grocery aisles:

  • Larger selection of vitamins and supplements.
  • Added natural/organic pet food.
  • 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 area.
  • Added more than 40 new types of olive oil – nearly 100 varieties to choose from.
  • Meat department, Frozen Foods and Natural Foods products 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: Coborn’s has added 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.

Full-service Floral Department: Guests will continue to have access to the full-service floral services at Coborn’s in Little Falls within a remodeled department! 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. In addition to its wide assortment of signature meats, Coborn’s Marketplace offers the greatest selection of fresh seafood in Morrison County.

Coborn’s Liquor Store: Coborn’s Liquor also underwent a remodel to provide an enhanced shopping experience for guests with an increased assortment of items.

Coborn’s in Little Falls is led by Store Director Greg Zylka who has been with the company since 1977.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

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01/30/2018 Coborn's, Inc. appoints Brent Blackey to Board of Directors

Coborn’s, Inc. is announcing the appointment of Brent Blackey, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Holiday Companies, to Coborn’s, Inc.’s Board of Directors.

“As our organization continues to grow, we recognize this opportunity to bring another voice and perspective to our board,” said Chris Coborn, Chairman, President and CEO of Coborn’s, Inc. “Brent has led a very accomplished career. He brings a wealth of talent and experience to the table that will benefit our growing employee-owned organization.”

Blackey joined Holiday Companies in 2004. The organization, with a network of 374 owned and 148 franchised Stationstores across 10 states, is a recognized leader in the petroleum and convenience store industry. In 2017, when the owners of Holiday Companies decided to explore the idea of selling the company, Blackey was a key member of the Holiday team that interacted with prospective buyers and their financial and legal representatives. The process resulted in a sale to one of the world’s largest convenience store operators, Alimentation Couche-Tard.


Prior to joining Holiday Companies in December 2004, Blackey was a Senior Partner at the accounting firms of Arthur Andersen LLP and Ernst & Young LLP, where he served clients in both the retail and high technology industries. He led several clients through capital-raising activities as well as played a key advisory role on numerous transactions.

Blackey serves on the Board of Directors for Cardiovascular Systems, a medical technology company leading the way to treatment of peripheral and coronary arterial diseases, as well as Northern Tool and Equipment, a retailer of quality consumer and commercial equipment with over 100 stores plus catalog and online sales capabilities. He also served on the Board of Directors for Datalink Corporation for 10 years until it was sold to Insight Enterprises in January 2017.

Blackey graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and has stayed active with his alma mater. He currently serves on the Carlson School of Management Board of Overseers and also serves on the Executive Committee.

Blackey will begin his role as a Coborn’s, Inc. board member when the board holds their next meeting February 14.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

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11/19/2017 Coborn's in Delano undergoing 'next-generation' remodel

Coborn’s in Delano, MN undergoing remodel to Coborn’s, Inc’s new “next-generation” concept store

An exciting remodeling project is underway at Coborn’s in Delano, MN as Coborn’s, Inc. begins transitioning this location into one of its “next-generation” concept stores known as Coborn’s Marketplace.

Through this remodel, Coborn’s will be adding more fresh products, introducing new services and bringing a unique modern look to the interior of the store. 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 graband-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options are just a few of the items guests will find in the Kitchen, in addition to a soup and salad bar, as well as a sushi bar.

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.

Caribou Coffee: Coborn’s is 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.

Full-service Floral Department: Guests will now have access to additional floral services as this department becomes full-service.

New Smoked Meat Products in Meat Department: In addition to Coborn’s 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 will also be changing the names and appearance of perimeter departments around the store, thereby creating a unique “boutique-style” destination shopping experience for each guest.

“Our mission calls on us to empower our employee owners to create unique shopping experiences, anticipate needs and exceed expectations for our guests,” said Kevin Hurd, Communications Specialist for Coborn’s, Inc . “The next-generation format allows our team to take those opportunities to the next level and to create a truly unique shopping experience in Delano.”

The project is expected to be complete by spring of 2018. The store will remain open throughout the process. As part of the remodel, Coborn’s will be switching the entrances and exits, as well as relocating the bathrooms and service counter. Please pardon the dust as Coborn’s looks to bring this exciting concept to Delano! More updates regarding the remodel will be communicated as the project progresses.

The “next-generation” concept was first introduced when Coborn’s opened a new store in Isanti, MN in 2016. Since then, the company has remodeled stores in Sartell, MN and Albertville, MN to its next-generation format.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and was named a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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11/06/2017 Coborn's, Inc. launches 'To the Table' meal kit line

Coborn’s, Inc. launches new ‘To the Table’ meal kit line in Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Coborn’s, Inc. guests looking to cook great tasting meals with fresh ingredients within a matter of minutes have a new ally at the grocery store. Coborn’s, Inc. has entered the growing meal kit market with a new line of “To the Table” meal kits now available at Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods grocery stores.

This new meal kit is perfect for those who want to release their inner chef but just can’t find the time to do it. From package to plate, this delicious meal can be cooked in less than 15 minutes using cooking oil and the fresh ingredients provided in the kit. No knife needed either! Unlike other meal kit services, To the Table meal kits are available to pick up anytime in-store at Coborn’s, Cash Wise or Marketplace Foods with no subscription or shipping/handling time. Simply buy, cook and serve!

Each To the Table meal kit serves two people and is available in one of six recipes, including:

BEEF & BROCCOLI STIR FRY
Enjoy this popular restaurant dish in the comfort of your own home. This easy recipe for Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry includes tender slices of beef, a variety of colorful vegetables and Hoisin sauce.

CHICKEN FAJITAS
A South of the Border favorite! Delicious chicken fajitas with onion and bell peppers in a chipotle lime sauce. Top it with fresh pico de gallo, cheddar and jack cheese for a fiesta in 15 minutes or less!

CHICKEN PAD THAI
Delicious stir-fried rice noodles Thai-style topped with chicken, snow peas, carrots, peppers, onion and traditional Pad Thai sauce for an authentic flavor. We provide the ingredients, you provide the love.

CHICKEN PESTO SPAGHETTINI
Experience the delicious taste of combining pesto sauce with chicken and veggies on a plate of whole wheat spaghettini.

FETTUCCINE ALFREDO WITH KALE
Oh, Kale yeah! Spinach fettuccine and creamy alfredo with a perfect blend of chopped kale and sun-dried tomatoes. Top it off with parmesan cheese and a lemon squeeze.

PORK YAKISOBA STIR FRY
This meal is brought to life with fresh yakisoba noodles, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, snap peas, kale and kicked up with sriracha teriyaki sauce. Spice up your life in just 15 minutes or less!

“We are excited to offer this unique item in our stores,” said Emily Coborn, Vice President of Fresh Merchandising for Coborn’s, Inc. “Meal kits are perfect for people who want to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner made from fresh ingredients, but don’t necessarily have the time to shop and prepare something.”

To the Table meal kits can be found in the new “Meal Easy” section at Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores. Here, guests will also find the Ready Chef Go and Oven Ready meal options that were already being sold in the grocery stores. The Meal Easy area is a one-stop shop for anyone seeking quality meal options that are convenient, nutritious and affordable.

“Today’s consumers are more time-starved than ever,” said Dennis Host, Vice President of Marketing for Coborn’s, Inc. “To the Table Meal options are an evolution of grab-and-go prepared meal solutions we already offer in our delis as well as other complete meals that have long been available in frozen foods. The difference is that these are turn-key kits, made with fresh pre-measured ingredients, chef-inspired and easy to prepare.” Host added, “83% of consumers don’t know what they’ll prepare for dinner at noon. At 5:00 p.m., that number drops to 65%. To the Table meal kits offer a fast, grab-and-go solution that’s affordable, easy to prepare and great tasting. It’s a perfect fresh-meal-in-a-box option.”

5 Ways to Use Meal Kits

  • Small gift when visiting a friend’s home
  • Multiple meal kits can serve as “appetizers” for small gatherings
  • Introduce young chefs to the cooking process
  • Allow aging seniors more independence in the kitchen
  • Perfect for creating a great impression when you are tight on time

About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

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11/03/2017 Coborn's, Inc. pioneers new method of blood pressure monitoring using PharmaSmart

Coborn’s, Inc. pioneers new method of blood pressure monitoring using high-tech PharmaSmart screening equipment

Coborn’s, Inc., parent company to Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores in Western Wisconsin is leading the charge in helping guests manage their blood pressure using advanced PharmaSmart screening kiosks. Earlier this year, the company partnered with PharmaSmart® International Inc., a prominent Rochester, NY manufacturer of health screening kiosks, and developer of Health IT and health management solutions. Through the partnership, Coborn’s, Inc. deployed PharmaSmart’s clinically validated blood pressure kiosks and cloud based Health IT platform across 36 of its Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores with pharmacies. In addition, two kiosks were placed in the company’s two clinic pharmacies in Willmar, MN and New London, MN, as well as its support center office in St. Cloud, MN.

“For us this is more than just deploying new kiosks,” said Jim Cox, Coborn’s, Inc.’s Pharmacy Director. “With PharmaSmart, we now offer our guests a credible, evidence-based program for blood pressure management, including full integration into our Rx Software, and a branded patient health portal.”

Using this integrated system, a Coborn’s, Inc. pharmacist is able to see patient blood pressure data in real-time. The system logs systolic pressure, diastolic pressure and pulse data on a card each time a patient uses the PharmaSmart machines. Cards are available to guests free of charge at all Coborn’s, Inc. pharmacies. The PharmaSmart screening kiosks also produce average blood pressure readings based on the past 30 screenings. Using these numbers, a pharmacist can quickly spot issues and make recommendations where blood pressure control is not being achieved. With such a system in place, Coborn’s, Inc. guests who may not have otherwise received input on their numbers can now receive guidance, including recommendations to visit their medical provider, when they visit the pharmacy.

“This system allows us to help our guests take better charge of their health,” Cox said. “PharmaSmart has streamlined the process and made it easier to accomplish this.”

While Coborn’s, Inc. is not the first company to install and use PharmaSmart machines, it has pioneered the process of uploading blood pressure results in real-time to patient’s profiles in the pharmacy system. This information can be accessed by patients through a portal or via a Coborn’s, Inc. pharmacist.

We evaluated deploying traditional, ‘recreational’ kiosks, but PharmaSmart’s program better supports Coborn’s reputation as a trusted healthcare brand, and bolsters our credibility with physician groups, health plans, and our own pharmacists, who want to know that their patient management tools are backed by evidence,” Cox said. “Developing this robust program for the well-being of our guests aligns with our vision to “Be Remarkable – inspire happiness, healthy living and simplicity one guest at a time.”


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

About PharmaSmart®
PharmaSmart®, headquartered in Rochester, NY, currently serves more than 7,000 locations, including retail pharmacies such as Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Brookshire Grocery Company, Kinney Drugs, Bartell Drugs, Coborn’s, Inc., SpartanNash, Roundy’s,/Mariano’s a division of Kroger, Associated Food Stores, Leader, Good Neighbor, Price Chopper, Astrup Drug, Winn Dixie, Big Y Foods, Harmons Grocery, Wal-Mart Canada, Safeway Canada, Loblaw’s, Le Groupe Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall/Katz Group, Zellers, Sobey’s Lawton’s, and other fine pharmacies. PharmaSmart® also serves major worksites, military bases, University Schools of Pharmacy, hospitals and medical clinics.

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10/30/2017 Coborn's, Inc. announces plans to build Cash Wise store in south Fargo

Cash Wise store will be the fourth location in the Fargo/Moorhead area

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Coborn’s, Inc., parent company to Cash Wise, is announcing plans to build a Cash Wise store in the northeast corner of I-29 and 52nd Avenue in the growing area of south Fargo. The store will be part of the larger Timber Creek development.

This 60,000-square foot location will feature a freestanding liquor store, fuel, car wash and a drive-thru Caribou Coffee. It will bring with it the same friendly service, fresh foods and convenient one-stop shopping that Cash Wise guests have come to know since Cash Wise was first introduced in the Fargo/Moorhead area in 1988. This will be the 4th Cash Wise location in the Fargo/Moorhead area.

with a more convenient Cash Wise location,” said Chris Coborn, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Coborn’s, Inc. “We are thankful to our guests who shop our stores, and proud to be part of this thriving and progressive community.”

Construction on this new location is expected to start this year with an anticipated opening date slated for mid-2018. More details about this new location will be released in the future.

Coborn’s, Inc. owns three Cash Wise stores in the Fargo/Moorhead area, including Cash Wise Fargo (1988), Cash Wise Moorhead (1993) and Cash Wise West Fargo (2015). It also operates Cash Wise Delivers, an online ordering and grocery delivery service in the Fargo metro area.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and was named a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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10/12/2017 Coborn's, Inc. invests in Little Falls location with major remodeling project

ST. CLOUD, MINN – A major remodeling project is underway at Coborn’s in Little Falls, MN as Coborn’s, Inc. looks to further invest in this important location for guests living in and around the community.

Over the next few months during this remodeling project, Coborn’s will be making several cosmetic changes to the store, including:

  • New paint and flooring
  • Integrating Ace Hardware and the grocery sections
  • Doubling the size of the floral area
  • Updating the deli and bakery departments
  • Liquor store remodel – updating both interior and exterior to bring a fresh shopping experience to guests.

In addition to these cosmetic changes, Coborn’s has, and will, be introducing a variety of new products and services to its Little Falls location. Some of these services include:

  • Sushi bar in the deli
  • Smoked meats in the meat department
  • Expanded fresh options
  • Click & Collect pickup service: allows guests to order groceries online and pick up their order at the store

Coborn’s is also excited to announce it is 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. Caribou Coffee is expected to open in mid-December.

A tradition of community involvement

Coborn’s is actively involved in the communities where it does business. It has been especially proud to be part of the fabric of Little Falls since first opening its doors 40 years ago in 1977.

“This store has a long history of being a good neighbor in this wonderful community,” said Store Director Greg Zylka. “Our team is excited about these changes and even more excited about the investment Coborn’s, Inc. is making to further bolden its presence in Little Falls.”

“Our mission calls on us to empower our employee owners to create unique shopping experiences, anticipate needs and exceed expectations for our guests,” said Kevin Hurd, Communication & Engagement Specialist. “These changes will allow our team the opportunity to do that even better and will continue to create that unique, local shopping experience in Little Falls.”

More updates regarding the remodel will be communicated as the project progresses.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

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10/10/2017 Coborn's, Inc. launching Dietitian's Choice in grocery stores

Coborn’s, Inc. launching new nutrition education program with CentraCare Health endorsement

Coborn’s, Inc. is announcing the introduction of a new nutrition program being developed in-house called Dietitian’s Choice. This exclusive program will be rolling out to Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores later this month and will help guests easily identify items that support their overall health.

This new program was developed by Coborn’s, Inc. Supermarket Registered Dietitians. They have examined the products sold in Coborn’s, Inc. grocery stores and have selected more than 5,500 so far that will carry a Dietitian’s Choice mark.


Dietitian’s Choice items are rated based on their nutritional density as well as the following nutritional components:

  • Whole grain as the first ingredient
  • Lower in sodium
  • Lower in added sugars
  • Lower in saturated fat
  • A good source of healthy fat
  • A good source of protein

Due to the complexity of various products on the market, Coborn’s, Inc. Supermarket Registered Dietitians used general guidelines along with their discretion to help point guests in a more nutritious direction. They will continue working with the Merchandising Team to evaluate new products as they become available.

“Our company’s vision calls for us to inspire healthy living for our guests,” said Emily Coborn, Vice President of Fresh Merchandising. “The Dietitian’s Choice program is another way for us to live out our vision by empowering guests to easily identify (better for you) food items during their shopping trips.”

The International Food Information Council Foundation’s “2017 Food and Health Survey” results underscore the confidence and trust people place in registered dietitians to help guide their food choices. Respondents ranked Registered Dietitians highest among 14 different sources of information. Guests can benefit from Coborn’s, Inc.’s Supermarket Registered Dietitians’ advice by watching for the Dietitian’s Choice mark on price tags, indicating the item was approved for the program following collaboration among Coborn’s, Inc.’s team of Supermarket Registered Dietitians. In addition to this new program, Coborn’s, Inc. Supermarket Registered Dietitians will continue to assist guests in the aisles or through personal consultations, store tours, community presentations or online resources.

Endorsed by CentraCare Health
After a careful review, CentraCare Health dietitians have endorsed Dietitian’s Choice. Endorsement of the program by Central Minnesota’s premier health care provider confirms the quality of Dietitian’s Choice. Endorsement also demonstrates CentraCare’s ongoing commitment to partnering with community organizations to improve overall wellness outside the walls of its clinics and hospitals. It saw Dietitian’s Choice as a credible option to further promote nutritious lifestyles.

“We are proud to endorse this program that Coborn’s has developed,” said Jodi Gertken, Director of Wellness for CentraCare Health. Coborn’s and CentraCare have a history of collaborating to improve the health of our communities and this is another example of that. Coborn’s developed this program under the guidance of their Supermarket Registered Dietitians which built credibility from the start. By implementing innovative systems such as this, we are making it easier for people to make healthier choices. Our organization is proud to endorse this diligent and detailed work.”

Coborn’s, Inc. is grateful to CentraCare Health and its team of top notch medical professionals for its support and endorsement of this program. Coborn’s, Inc. looks forward to partnering with CentraCare Health to build healthy communities.

NuVal, LLC discontinuing NuVal Nutritional Scoring System
Dietitian’s Choice will replace the NuVal® Nutritional Scoring System currently found in Coborn’s, Marketplace Foods and select Cash Wise stores. NuVal, LLC recently announced that it is discontinuing its scoring service because the health and wellness space has evolved significantly since the program was introduced, and the choices for guests to obtain health and nutrition information online has grown exponentially. Coborn’s, Inc. is appreciative of NuVal, LLC’s years of partnership and to all the key stakeholders who helped promote, implement and embrace this program in communities where Coborn’s, Inc. does business. The valuable partnerships that have been formed around this program have helped us achieve our vision of inspiring healthy living for our guests. NuVal® Nutritional Scoring tags will continue to be phased out through attrition by the end of the year.

More Resources As Coborn’s, Inc. works to further develop Dietitian’s Choice, please be mindful of the health and wellness tools already available to guests and employees, including:

  • On Coborns.com, the Dietitian’s Corner offers many self-help resources and guides.
  • Supermarket Registered Dietitians that support select stores. In-store services include: personal consults, community presentations, classes, grocery tours, health fairs and meal planning
  • Supermarket registered dietitians have dedicated Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest accounts
  • Dietitian’s Choice recipes for meal occasions
  • Monthly E-mail: Dietitian Digest
  • Recipe video twice each month
  • Supermarket Registered Dietitians blog for “Produce for Better Health”
  • Foodie Feature of the Month
  • Facebook live video every Tuesday
  • Weight Management Program for employees twice a year
  • Wellness Wednesday in select stores the second Wednesday of every month (partnership with pharmacy)
  • In-store demos
  • Eat Healthy, Shop Smart newsletter (food safety, pharmacy, kids section)

In addition to Supermarket Registered Dietitians, Coborn’s, Inc.’s team of pharmacists are available to consult with patients about their medication, health and lifestyle.

Coborn’s, Inc.’s company vision calls us to inspire happiness, health and simplicity for our guests; this is an opportunity for us to continue living our vision in new and engaging ways. We are excited about the future and potential of this new program as we look to roll out Dietitian’s Choice on price tags this month.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and was named a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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10/10/2017 Coborn's, Inc. and CentraCare Health announce plans to open grocery store clinics

ST. CLOUD, MINN – Coborn’s, Inc. and CentraCare Health have formed a partnership to provide greater access to health care for people living in the St. Cloud area and across Central Minnesota. Beginning this fall, three new CentraCare Health clinics will open at three Coborn’s, Inc. owned grocery stores. The goal of these clinics will be to provide the right care, at the right price, in the right place, ultimately creating an environment where guests have access to quality, convenient health care and nutritious food options in one place.

“This is about a local grocery company and local health care provider partnering to further serve the community they both call home,” said Chris Coborn, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Coborn’s, Inc. “We know our guests lead busy lives; we are excited to provide this service through our on-going partnership with CentraCare, a trusted organization that has been providing quality local health care to the area for years.”

Two of the three retail clinics will be located at Coborn’s in Foley and Cash Wise in Waite Park. Construction is underway with a scheduled opening of November 1 at Cash Wise. The clinic in Foley will open soon after. Clinics will operate seven days a week, from 7am to 7pm. At these clinics, guests can receive:

  • Treatments for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Treatments for common skin conditions
  • Physical exams
  • Vaccinations

Another retail clinic will be located at Coborn’s Marketplace on Pine Cone Road in Sartell. This clinic will be a virtual clinic, allowing guests to speak with a health care provider through video conferencing.

“Health care is changing – and so are the needs of our community,” said Ken Holmen, MD, President and CEO of CentraCare Health. “And by partnering with those within our community, we can achieve our goal of improving the health of every patient every day by making access to care convenient for those we serve.”

The Pine Cone Road retail clinic is scheduled to open later this year.

“This entire initiative aligns with our vision to inspire healthy living and simplicity, one guest at a time,” Coborn added. “Our stores already have pharmacies and the ability for guests to work with a dietitian; this is another investment we are happy to make for our guests.”

The Coborn family and Coborn’s, Inc. have been strong supporters of CentraCare’s mission to improve the health of every patient, every day. In 2001, Coborn’s, Inc. made a $3 million donation to CentraCare Health System to establish a customized cancer care center known as the Coborn Cancer Center. In 2016, the Coborn Family Foundation provided a $1 million gift toward a cancer survivorship center, which will be built next to the Coborn Cancer Center. Dan Coborn, former Coborn’s, Inc. CEO and President, provided a $500,000 estate gift to the CentraCare Health Foundation following his passing in March 2017.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ list of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in North America & the Star Tribune’s list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota.

About CentraCare Health
CentraCare Health is a not-for-profit health care system that provides comprehensive, high-quality care to people throughout Central Minnesota. Our collaborative network includes hospitals in St. Cloud, Long Prairie, Melrose, Monticello, Paynesville and Sauk Centre, more than 25 clinics, along with nursing homes and senior housing in several communities.

CentraCare also operates numerous specialty services, including the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, Coborn Cancer Center and the CentraCare Kidney Program. CentraCare serves all who seek care with compassion, dignity and respect, while seeking to enhance individual and community health.

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08/15/2017 Coborn's, Inc. 'Best Bagger' prepares for return trip to state tournament

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Coborn’s, Inc.’s “Best Bagger” is preparing for another run at the state title when the Minnesota Grocers Association holds its annual bagging competition at the Mall of America on Saturday, August 19.

Tyler Haselkamp, an employee at Coborn’s in Clearwater, MN, won the 28th annual Coborn’s, Inc. Best Bagger competition held in June. He competed against 35 employees from other Coborn’s, Inc. grocery stores where contestants were judged on their bag packing speed, weight distribution, building technique and style/appearance.

Haselkamp is no stranger to the state stage. He also won the company competition in 2016 and competed at the Mall of America last year.

“It was really nerve-wracking at first; you sit there for a while and get used to it,” Haselkamp said. “It was a lot of fun though with all the noise and people watching from above.”

Haselkamp has been with Coborn’s, Inc. for about 1.5 years and came to the company with no prior grocery experience. In fact, Coborn’s was his first job.

“Since the day we’ve hired him he’s stood out and is motivated to do well,” said Jason Zilka, Store Director at Coborn’s in Clearwater. “We brought him on as a cashier and bagger and he moved up from there; he showed a lot of initiative and tried to learn as many things as he could.”

Haselkamp has a busy week ahead of him; he’ll be practicing alongside co-worker Mason MaKarrall who took 2nd place in the company’s Best Bagger competition. At the same time, the St. Cloud Tech High School graduate is also preparing to move to North Dakota where he’ll attend NDSU this fall.

“Move in weekend is actually the same weekend as the competition, so right after it’s done, we’ll be going up to North Dakota,” he said. “It’s very exciting to be going to the competition though, I plan on getting first place and representing Coborn’s name.”

A crew from Coborn’s in Clearwater will be attending the competition to cheer on Haselkamp. The winner of the state competition will take home a $500 prize and a trip to the National Best Bagger competition in Las Vegas, NV.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and was named a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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08/14/2017 Coborn's, Inc. Honored with Placement on Top Workplace and Employee Engagement Lists
Star Tribune Top Workplace - Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces

ST. CLOUD, MINN (August 14, 2017) – Coborn’s, Inc. was recently named to two lists that highlight the company’s remarkable workplace culture and engaged employee workforce.

Achievers, a leading provider of employee recognition software, recently named Coborn’s, Inc. to its 2017 list of “50 Most Engaged Workplaces.” To earn this spot, Coborn’s, Inc. entered the competition and completed a series of ten required short essays on the topics of: leadership, communication, culture, recognition and rewards, personal and professional growth, accountability and performance, vision and values, and corporate social responsibility. A third- party panel of judges considered the submitted essays and did not know the names of the companies who submitted them.

The overall question the judges set out to answer is how engaged the employees are at the companies that enter the competition. Achievers defines an engaged employee as a person who is fully involved in and enthusiastic about their work, inspired and often inspires others, and passionate and committed every day.

In addition to this honor, Coborn’s, Inc. was also named to the Star Tribune’s 2017 list of “Top Workplaces” in Minnesota. This designation was determined by the results of employee surveys taken in the early part of 2017.

Coborn’s, Inc. employees strive each day to live out the words of the company’s vision to “Be Remarkable!” through great guest service, as well as giving back and being good neighbors in the communities where the company does business. Coborn’s, Inc. stores regularly take part in community functions and fundraisers, volunteering opportunities and efforts to support area non-profits, such as United Way. In 2016, employees raised $329,000 to support United Way chapters in the towns where the company does business.

Coborn’s, Inc. would like to again congratulate all employees across its retail and non-retail divisions on earning these two special honors.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.

Recent Awards and Honors
In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s President, CEO, and Chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.

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08/03/2017 Coborn's, Inc. announces plans to build new grocery store at YMCA site

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Coborn’s, Inc. has announced plans to move forward with building a new fresh concept grocery store on Northway Drive at the site of the former YMCA building.

This smaller-scale store will feature everyday grocery products Coborn’s guests expect to find during a typical shopping trip with an extra emphasis on fresh offerings, as well as a pharmacy and coffee shop.

Given the store’s close proximity to St. Cloud Technical College, nearby medical buildings and the new YMCA, Coborn’s sees this as an opportunity to serve guests who are looking for convenience and expanded fresh options in one place. For some guests who go to school, work or live in this immediate area, this new store will be within easy walking distance.

“This location will also feature fuel. This is a great opportunity to serve more guests who utilize 9th Avenue, Northway Drive and other nearby roads as part of their daily commute,” said Kevin Hurd, Communication Specialist for Coborn’s, Inc.

We are currently working with the city on development plans with an anticipated opening date in 2018. More details about this new location will be released in the future.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and was named a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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07/27/2017 Coborn's, Inc. saves more than 40,000 pounds of 'ugly' produce through Misfits program

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Since May, Coborn’s, Inc. has prevented more than 40,000 pounds of produce from going to waste with the help of Robinson Fresh®’s “Misfits® Produce” program. The program, which has been implemented at the company’s Coborn’s stores, Cash Wise Stores, and Market Place Foods stores in Western Wisconsin, helps pair guests with healthy, usable produce that may simply lack visual appeal.

“The produce may have some bumps and bruises but that doesn’t change the taste,” said Tom Williams, Coborn’s, Inc. Produce Director. “It’s a perfect opportunity for guests looking to use the produce as-is, in a smoothie or as part of a recipe.”

The produce is sold at a different price point than regular produce, which also helps guests save money. But the true “savings” goes deeper than that – every year, about six billion pounds of produce goes unharvested or unsold in America, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. These programs help rescue that food and chip away at that number.

“We see these programs as a way to do our part in reducing food waste,” Williams added. “As an added benefit, we know there are people who may look to these programs as a way to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet, therefore helping people lead healthier lives.”

Misfits Produce:
Coborn’s, Inc. has partnered with Robinson Fresh to bring the Misfits program to its stores. When guests visit the grocery store, they will see display bins that house the Misfits produce items near the front of the produce section. These products aren’t perfect – they are usually misshaped and may have some small blemishes, yet they were still grown alongside perfect looking produce and taste great. The type of products offered are on a rotation, so guests usually see 4-6 different fruits and veggies each week. Everything is already bagged and ready to go.

According to numbers from the USDA, food waste is estimated at 30%-40% of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010.

A commitment to giving back
While these programs are new in Coborn’s stores, the company is not new to the concept of food rescue. In 2016, Coborn’s donated the equivalent of 1.8 million meals to area food shelves through Second Harvest Heartland.

Because of Coborn’s, Inc.’s ongoing commitment to reducing food waste and helping to eliminate hunger in the communities where it does business, the Golden Valley based non-profit named Coborn’s one of its six “Hunger Heroes” for 2016. Specifically, Coborn’s was named a hunger hero for its efforts with food rescue.

“Food rescue is something we believe in and try to live out each day,” said Emily Coborn, Vice President of Fresh Merchandising. “We remain committed to doing our part to reduce food waste in our country and being a good neighbor in the communities where we do business.”


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2017, Coborn’s, Inc. was named to Achievers’ “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and was named a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

About Robinson Fresh®
Robinson Fresh got its start in the produce industry over 100 years ago, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the settlers of North America. Today, Robinson Fresh is one of the largest produce companies in the world and offers the highest quality products. Robinson Fresh packs-in many well-known private label and consumer brands as well as a full line of conventional and organic produce through a worldwide network of regional and local growers. For more information about Robinson Fresh, visit http://www.robinsonfresh.com.

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07/06/2017 Coborn's, Inc. Issues Recall of Incorrectly Labeled Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars Due to Undeclared Milk

ST. CLOUD, MINN (JULY 6, 2017) – Coborn’s, Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn. is recalling packages of its Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars, some of which were incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies. The Gluten Free Fudge Brownie label does not indicate the product contains milk, however the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars that are incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies do contain milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled products were distributed and sold at Coborn’s and Cash Wise stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as Marketplace Foods stores in Wisconsin, and Coborn’s Delivers in the Twin Cities Metro area. These products were sold between July 4, 2017 and July 6, 2017 and list an expiration date of July 10, 2017. Products with an expiration date of July 10, 2017 are the only products affected. The UPC is 7-33147-20522-8. Guests who are allergic to milk should destroy this product or return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. An internal review has found that a limited number of products were sold.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated July 6 after it was discovered the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars were incorrectly labeled with a Gluten Free Fudge Brownie label. The problem has since been corrected and all packages going forward will contain the correct label.

Consumers with questions may contain the MORE Rewards Helpline at 1-844-700-MORE (6673).


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.

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06/16/2017 Newly located Coborn’s Liquor store to open June 19 in Albertville, MN

ST. CLOUD, MINN (JUNE 16, 2017) – Coborn’s, Inc. is nearing completion on a new liquor store set to open in Albertville June 19. The current liquor store, located in Coborn’s grocery store, will be moved to a new location in an adjacent strip mall at 5600 LaCentre Ave. Suite 114 in Albertville.

The new location brings with it a brand-new design to further enhance each guest’s shopping experience. The store’s interior has a very modern look, a new premium selection area for unique and hard to find items, wide aisles, a new tasting center and plenty of convenient parking. In addition to cosmetic changes, guests will find a larger selection of items for sale. More than 500 liquor, beer and wine products have also been added to the store.

Coborn’s Liquor will be open Monday-Saturday from 8am-10pm. Once Minnesota’s Sunday liquor law takes effect, all Coborn’s Liquor locations in Minnesota will also be open 11am-6pm on Sunday, beginning July 2.

In addition to this transition, Coborn’s, Inc. is working on a remodeling project to bring its bold “next-generation” look to the Coborn’s grocery store in Albertville. The remodel will be consistent with Coborn’s Marketplace next-generation stores in Isanti and Sartell. This remodel is expected to be complete by Fall 2017.


About Coborn’s, Inc.
St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.

Recent Awards and Honors
In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s President, CEO, and Chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs. Additionally, in June 2016, Coborn’s, Inc. was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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06/04/2017 Coborn’s to Hold Annual Best Bagger Competition
Top bagger advances to state, national competition for chance to win $10,000

ST. CLOUD, MINN (JUNE 4, 2017) – On June 6, 2017, grocery baggers from area Coborn’s stores will compete in the company’s 28th annual Best Bagger Contest, which will be held in the Coborn’s Superstore parking lot at 110 First Street South, Sauk Rapids from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The employee who is deemed best bagger in the June 6 competition will receive $100 cash and will advance to the Minnesota Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest at the Mall of America on August 19, where he or she will compete for a $500 first prize and a trip to Las Vegas in February 2018 to represent Minnesota and compete in the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest; contestants will vie for a $10,000 cash prize.

Best Bagger contestants will line tables piled with a predesignated assortment of grocery items and will be judged based on bag-building technique, weight distribution, speed, style, attitude and appearance.

Since 1989, five Coborn’s baggers have advanced to the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest.

Best Bagger History
In 1987 the first National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest was held in Dallas, Texas. It was called the “Texas/Oklahoma Checkout-Shootout.” There were only two contestants and the Master of Ceremonies was Terry Bradshaw (former NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Since then, the National Grocers Association has been bringing the country’s finest baggers together to determine the best of the best. The National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Championship was created to promote the grocery industry’s devotion to exceptional customer service through superior bagging.


About Coborn’s, Inc.

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters. magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, Coborn’s was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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04/11/2017 'Match the Cash' event at Marketplace Foods stores raises over $3,300 for area food shelves

ST. CLOUD, MINN. (April 11, 2017) – Marketplace Foods guests and the four Wisconsin stores’ parent company, Coborn’s, Inc., raised over $3,300 in cash and over $20,000 in food donations for area food shelves across four Wisconsin communities in March. Marketplace Foods is part of the proud family of stores owned by Coborn’s, Inc, headquartered in St. Cloud, MN.

Throughout the month, guests had the opportunity to donate cash to their area food shelf in-store, with the understanding that Coborn’s, Inc. would match the funds raised at the end of promotion with actual food. Thanks to the generosity of many guests, over $3300 in cash was donated. In addition, Coborn’s, Inc. then also donated $20,000 of product in total – $5,000 for each store, that was sent to stores to donate to each of the communities’ local food shelves.

Coborn’s, Inc. has a strong tradition of community caring, service and support. We emphasize the importance of being involved and giving back by tailoring our support to meet the specific needs of the communities we serve. Each year, our company donates more than $3 million and hundreds of volunteer hours to our local communities. In 2016, Coborn’s, Inc. donated more than 1.8 million meals to food shelves and through Second Harvest Heartland through food rescue efforts.

Our three areas of focus are fighting hunger, investing in youth and promoting health. We also support many local non- profits outside of these areas as well. We believe it is important to invest in our local communities and are proud to operate and invest in these vibrant communities in Wisconsin.


About Coborn’s, Inc.

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters. magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, Coborn’s was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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03/15/2017 Coborn's, Inc. announces passing of former President/CEO, Dan Coborn

ST. CLOUD, MINN. March 15, 2017) – It is with a heavy heart that Coborn’s, Inc. announces that Daniel G. (Dan) Coborn, former Chairman, President and CEO of Coborn’s, Inc. passed away March 15, 2017 at the age of 86. Dan led the company for the greater part of the 20th century, serving as its chief executive from the late 1950s until 1999.

Dan Coborn wasn’t destined to become a CEO. It was sheer tenacity, courage of conviction and a healthy dose of luck that got him there.

Dan was born to humble beginnings as the third of seven children to Duke and Florence (Graham) Coborn. Like most Depression era children, he was put to work at a young age to help make ends meet. He – alongside his three brothers, Bob, Bill and Ron – took on odd jobs as young boys. Many were what others considered the “worst jobs.” From checking eggs under a light for freshness to filling soft drink bottles to wrapping fish amidst the pungent odor, there were few jobs the Coborn brothers didn’t do.

“I started delivering groceries when I was 10 years old,” Dan said during a 2008 interview with Business Central. “All the able-bodied men were gone because of the war. I’d put a pillow on the seat so I could see out the window when driving the delivery truck.”
“You’re the boss’s son so you got to do it all,” Dan remembered his father saying.

Dan’s youth was colorful – full of mischief, antics and risk. In later years, he wasn’t proud of the trouble he had caused but he always took the good from the bad. His childhood experiences taught him lifelong lessons of patience, enduring optimism and the power of second chances. It was this remarkable influence that helped shape Coborn’s, Inc. into the company it is today.

Dan graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1948. He went on to attend Saint John’s University, where he played football. Temptations outside the classroom led to poor grades. One afternoon the Abbot called Dan to his office to bestow wisdom, “You know, Dan, the world needs truck drivers, too.” Dan got back on the straight and narrow and graduated in 1952 with a degree in economics.

That same year, Dan married Mabel Hansen of Rockville, MN. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for two years. Upon discharge, he was accepted into law school at University of Minnesota but declined the opportunity and returned to Sauk Rapids to work for his father because he and Mabel learned they were expecting their first child. Dan quickly became his father’s right-hand man and assisted with a variety of management duties. In 1959, Dan and his brothers found themselves at the helm of the company after their father’s unexpected passing. Since Dan’s older brother Bob was enlisted in the service at the time, Dan was chosen by his brothers to be in charge.

“We were trying to eke out a living,” Dan said. “We needed to expand to support four families. One store was not going to do it.”

In 1963, the brothers purchased their second store. “The Foley school superintendent decided the grocery business was better than working for the school district,” Dan recalled. “It didn’t take long for him to decide the risk wasn’t worth it. He wanted out and we wanted in. We moved out of that building in Foley and shortly after that the roof caved in,” Dan said. “Just another example of how it’s better to be lucky than smart.” Dan led the company over the years with bold vision and resolve. After opening the company’s first Cash Wise store in Willmar in 1979, Dan envisioned the next Cash Wise location in an open field on the outskirts of Waite Park. Grocers typically planned their stores around residential growth but this would break that convention. Dan was determined to build the store under the “build it and they will come” theory. The gamble would place the company as the wager. It took convincing for others in the company to see the potential but the reward wound up being worth the risk. Today, the Waite Park store has been remodeled several times and is the company’s flagship Cash Wise store among a chain of 17.

Dan would admit that not all decisions were the right ones. Perhaps the biggest flop was Fountain Fresh – a bulk soda attraction, where customers could choose from 30 flavors of soda – some of the more unusual choices being peach, banana, sarsaparilla and piña colada – or mix their own combinations “soda-fountain style.” Cash Wise in Waite Park was the first store in the five-state area to carry Fountain Fresh but the concept just never caught on.

Dan was the eternal optimist. Even during the toughest of times, he didn’t dwell on them. “We made some bad decisions, but nothing that took the company down,” Dan said. “In the history of the company, we never missed a payroll except for four people – my brothers and me. And that didn’t happen very often. I never lost faith in the fact that it was a good business. People have to eat. They have to get their food from someplace.” Dan had the ability to say so much while saying so little. His basic principles for business, leadership and treating others well, endure throughout the company today:

  • “It’s better to be lucky than smart.”
  • “You can’t sell from an empty shelf.”
  • “Talk is cheap. It still takes money to buy whiskey.”
  • “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

Dan felt a tremendous sense of duty to his community. In 1967, he and his wife Mabel became charter members of United Way of Central Minnesota. He was also a founding member of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota board, which both he and Mabel served on at different times. In addition to that, he served on the Board of Trustees. Dan mobilized others to give back, as well. Coborn’s retired Chief Operating Officer, Bob Thueringer, who was with the company for 47 years, remembers Dan speaking to him as a high school student. “You may be a student; you may not make a whole lot; but you have a responsibility to this community,” he said.

Dan’s leadership in the grocery business and commitment to his customers and community earned him recognition over the years. In 1987, he was named Minnesota Grocer of the Year by Minnesota Grocers Association. He also received accolades from College of Saint Benedict, National Grocers Association, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Cloud State University and United Way of Central Minnesota. In 2002, he received the Father Walter Reger Distinguished Alumnus Award from Saint John’s University – the highest honor they bestow – for outstanding service to the Saint John’s community by an alumnus. He was never in it for the recognition but he appreciated it.

Dan’s success in business created opportunities for him and the company to give back. His generosity touched many organizations and institutions but he had a special place in his heart for education. He provided gifts to Cathedral High School; College of St. Benedict; Saint John’s University; St. Cloud Technical and Community College; St. Cloud State University; and others.

He also tirelessly gave of his time. He served on countless boards and participated in many civic organizations, including CentraCare Health, Friends of the College of Saint Benedict, Sauk Rapids School Board, and others. He was a Sauk Rapids volunteer fireman for many years. While serving on both the MNSCU and St. Cloud Hospital Board of Directors, Dan learned about the shortage of nurses in Central Minnesota. He worked behind the scenes to connect the right people, lobby and advocate, and ultimately succeeded in helping to establish a nursing program at St. Cloud State University. Dan and his son, Chris, were instrumental in bringing Division I Hockey, Herb Brooks and the National Hockey Center to St. Cloud State University.

Dan’s philanthropy was born out of wanting to give back to those who had been so good to Coborn’s. In 1999, he was honored to receive an award on behalf of the company when Coborn’s, Inc. was named one of the Ten Most Generous Companies in America. The award was sponsored by John F. Kennedy Jr.’s magazine, George, and was presented by Kennedy and actor and philanthropist Paul Neuman. “I thought it was a joke at first,” Dan said. He and Mabel flew to New York to receive the honor. “We all share responsibility for the health of our communities,” Dan said upon receiving the award.

In his later years, Dan found satisfaction spending winters with his wife Mabel in Florida and playing golf with friends. He loved watching his son Chris and his management team lead the company into new possibilities. Well into his 80s, Dan would drive from his home in Sartell to the former Coborn’s, Inc. office on the East side of St. Cloud, just to be there and read the paper. He moved a little slower in his later years but he never missed an opportunity to attend a Friday morning staff meeting. “It’s good to see you, Dan,” employees would tell him. “It’s good to be seen,” he’d reply. “It is rare that a person has the opportunity to work so closely with their father for most of their life,” Chris said. “I was blessed to have had my dad be such an influential personal and professional mentor. He was absolutely extraordinary.”

In his interview with Business Central Magazine, Dan summed up success in these simple terms, “You work hard, you know what the goals should be, and if you want to put in enough blood, sweat and tears, you’ll succeed.”

Dan was adored and beloved by so many at Coborn’s, Inc. He will be deeply missed but we honor his memory with his favorite toast, “Friends may come and friends may go, friends may peter out you know. But we’ll be friends through thick or thin, peter out or peter in.”

Dan married Mabel Hansen of Rockville, MN in 1952. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mabel, and his five children, Shelly Coborn, Chris (Becky Bergner) Coborn, Suzy (Marty) Ellis, Duke (Amy Armstrong), Tom Coborn; grandchildren, Danny (Tina) Coborn, Maria Coborn, Emily Coborn, Michael Coborn, Peter Coborn, Maggie Ellis, Jack Ellis, Charlie Ellis, Duke Jr. Coborn, Willy Coborn; 1 great-grandchild, Dahlia Coborn; and his sister, Nancy Fandel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Duke and Florence (Graham); brothers, Bob, Ron, Bill and Neil Coborn; his sister Betty and his grandson, Nicholas.


About Coborn’s, Inc.

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters. magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, Coborn’s was named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

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07/19/2016 Locally Owned CobornsDelivers Introduces 'To The Table' Fresh Meal Kits:
Solve Menu Planning—And Shopping—With Doorstep Dinner Delivery NEW HOPE, Minn. (July 19, 2016) – Local, online grocery ordering and home-delivery service CobornsDelivers introduces new fresh and quick-prep meal kits — To the Table Fresh Meal Kits — delivered to the doorstep along with any grocery order. Each meal kit includes fresh ingredients to create a complete, chef-inspired meal at home. To the Table Fresh Meal Kits make it effortless for everyone — from kitchen novices to seasoned chefs — to skip takeout and get cooking, even on the busiest of nights (a hot meal before sports practice!) or for an easy weekend dinner at the lake (cabin meal planning solved!).


While shopping for groceries online at CobornsDelivers, customers may choose from eight meals, each carefully packed in a box with everything required to prepare dinner. The first eight summer meals now available at CobornsDelivers are built around summertime grilling, and new meals will be introduced seasonally. To the Table Fresh Meal Kits available this summer include:

To the Table Fresh Meal Kits deliver farm-fresh produce, restaurant-quality meats and artisan breads with any CobornsDelivers grocery order. “Meal kit delivery services are growing in popularity, and it’s a concept that folds perfectly into our convenient service model. But unlike many of these services, CobornsDelivers customers won’t be locked in to a subscription plan — and the ingredients aren’t shipped across the country,” says Dave Hartman, general manager, CobornsDelivers. “CobornsDelivers, part of Coborn’s Inc., is employee-owned, so we care about everything we prepare. We hand-pack and deliver To the Table kits to customers the same day orders are received at CobornsDelivers in New Hope, Minn. We know our customers will be impressed by the quality of the hand-selected ingredients and the colorful, healthful and delicious meals they’ll serve, because our families are too.” Each To the Table Fresh Meal Kit generously serves two, and prices range from $16.99 to $28.99. To the Table Fresh Meal Kits will roll out at Coborn’s brick-and-mortar stores soon as part of the company’s continued focus on fresh offerings. Watch this short video to learn more about the convenient meal kits.
CobornsDelivers is an online grocery ordering and home-delivery service offering convenience to thousands of loyal households and businesses across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro. CobornsDelivers operates out of its huge, state‐of-the-art SuperStore in New Hope, Minn., delivering farm‐fresh produce, restaurant‐quality meats, fresh dairy and a full line of name-brand grocery and household products – plus a hand‐picked selection of wine, beer and spirits. Learn more at cobornsdelivers.com/twincities. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.
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06/20/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Announces Closure of Coborn’s Store in Buffalo, Minn.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (June 20, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. today announced plans to close its Coborn’s store in Buffalo, Minn. located at 205 First St. S. The store will close July 30, 2016. “As an employee-owned company, Coborn’s strives to ensure the success of all our stores,” said Coborn’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. “This decision to close the Coborn’s store in Buffalo was difficult and was not made lightly. Coborn’s remains committed to growth, with its newest store scheduled to open in Isanti later this summer.” Coborn’s, Inc. continues to evaluate its portfolio of stores. Upon reviewing the Buffalo location, Coborn’s came to the difficult, but necessary, decision to close the Buffalo store on July 30, 2016. With very limited space, and no room to expand, the Buffalo location cannot support the Coborn’s brand promise that focuses on offering a wide variety of high-quality foods in both a service and non-service environment. Coborn’s employs approximately 60 employees at the Buffalo store, 16 full-time employees and 44 part-time employees, who have all been encouraged to stay with Coborn’s. Personal one-on-one placement assistance for roles within Coborn’s is being provided. Coborn’s has more than 25 full-time and more than 75 part-time job openings available within a 35-mile radius of Buffalo.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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06/03/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Hires New CFO
Financial Leader Jim Shaw to direct and oversee all financial, IT and loss control operations ST. CLOUD, Minn. (June 6, 2016) – Coborn’s , Inc. has hired Jim Shaw as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective June 13, 2016, reporting to President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. As CFO, Shaw will direct and oversee all aspects of the company’s financial operations, IT and loss control. Jim Shaw Shaw has spent the last 25 years earning and honing his senior financial skills. He has significant experience in aligning finance groups to support critical company objectives; leveraging technology to build sustainable, efficient processes; and navigating capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and treasury management. Most recently, Shaw spent 12 years at Donaldson Company, where he worked in several financial roles, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Finance Compliance Officer, Corporate Controller, and Internal Audit Director. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in public accounting for Deloitte, Arthur Andersen, and Schreier, Kosbab, Cornell, Kahler. Shaw has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University. His well-rounded experience spanning all areas of finance and accounting offers a wealth of expertise that will benefit Coborn’s as the company moves into the future.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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06/01/2016 Coborn’s to Hold Annual Best Bagger Competition During Dairy Days
Top bagger advances to state, national competition for chance to win $10,000 ST. CLOUD, MINN (June 1, 2016) – On June 7, 2016, grocery baggers from area Coborn’s stores will compete in the company’s 27th annual Best Bagger Contest, which will be held in the Coborn’s Superstore parking lot at 110 First Street South, Sauk Rapids from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., shortly after the store’s Dairy Days celebration. The employee who is deemed best bagger in the June 7 competition will receive $100 cash and will advance to the Minnesota Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest at the Mall of America in August, where he or she will compete for a $500 first prize and a trip to Las Vegas in February 2017 to represent Minnesota and compete in the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest; contestants will vie for a $10,000 cash prize. “Our employees who pack our guests’ bags fill one of the most important roles in our Coborn’s stores,” says Coborn’s Vice President of Operations Bruce Miller. “They are usually the last employees our guests have contact with, so it’s very important that they do a good job and recognize the impact they have on our guests’ overall shopping experience. The best bagger competition gives our baggers a chance to test their skills against not only other Coborn’s employees, but potentially against some of the best from across the country.” Best Bagger contestants will line tables piled with a predesignated assortment of grocery items and will be judged based on bag-building technique, weight distribution, speed, style, attitude and appearance. Since 1989, five Coborn’s baggers have advanced to the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest. About Dairy Days Dairy Days will be celebrated in the parking lot from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The celebration features many in-store specials, free ice cream sundaes from the 50s-style diner, the Kemps Moo-Museum, bounce house, games, giveaways, prizes and more. Other local Coborn’s Superstores will hold Dairy Days celebrations throughout the week; each location will feature different family-friendly activities. Best Bagger History In 1987 the first National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest was held in Dallas, Texas. It was called the “Texas/Oklahoma Checkout-Shootout.” There were only two contestants and the Master of Ceremonies was Terry Bradshaw (former NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Since then, the National Grocers Association has been bringing the country’s finest baggers together to determine the best of the best. The National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Championship was created to promote the grocery industry’s devotion to exceptional customer service through superior bagging.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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05/10/2016 Waite Park Cash Wise Foods to Build World’s Largest Display of Dole Pineapples
Proceeds from Pineapple Sales to Benefit Coborn Cancer Center ST. CLOUD, MINN. (May 10, 2016) – Cash Wise Foods in Waite Park, Minn. is preparing to unveil the World’s Largest Pineapple Display on May 13, featuring 16,800 Dole pineapples and a volcano in an “Explosion of Fresh Flavor” display. A team of 10 employees will build the island-volcano-themed display inside the Cash Wise store, starting the Thursday night before and working through the night to complete construction by 8:00 a.m. Friday. The display will look and act like a 15-foot-tall volcano, complete with smoke rising from the top. Cash Wise has partnered with Dole Pineapple to supply the pineapples. The world record display will be available for guests of all ages to see in person from May 13 at 9:00 a.m. to May 15 at 10:00 p.m. As pineapples are purchased, the display will begin to shrink in size, and the volcano component of the display will be in tact through May 20. Cash Wise will donate $.25 from every pineapple sold during the promotion to the Coborn Cancer Center in St. Cloud, Minn. “Our store’s entire Produce team will be involved and we couldn’t be more excited about this project,” states Tom Williams, Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising at Coborn’s, Inc., the company that owns Cash Wise. “I’m not sure whether they’re more excited about building the world’s largest pineapple display, or that their efforts will support Coborn Caner Center, which has become near and dear to all of our hearts.” The Dole display at Cash Wise will break the previous record for the largest pineapple display, which was set in Bristol, Va. by Food City and Turbana last July 22, featuring 14,700 pineapples. “After hearing about the record that Food City set last year, we decided it would be fun to beat their record and also turn it into an opportunity to give back to the community,” says Williams. “We invite our guests from around the region and their families to come see our Explosion of Fresh Flavor display and take a photo or two. We’re going to have some real fun with this!”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 55 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs. About Coborn Cancer Center Coborn Cancer Center provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care and an extensive range of treatment options to support cancer patients and their families. The American College of Surgeons has designated the Coborn Cancer Center as a certified comprehensive community cancer program. Coborn Cancer Center philosophy of care is holistic combining high-tech services with a strong patient-family care model. For more information, call (320) 229-4907 or visit www.centracare.com
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03/16/2016 Coborn’s Stores Host “Build a Better Basket” Expos
Stores offer healthy food education, kids’ activities, samples and discounts on healthy products ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 16, 2016) – Coborn’s is hosting its third annual “Build a Better Basket” expos in all of its grocery stores on Sat., Mar. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., showcasing healthy choices made easy. The expos feature numerous varieties of healthy food samples, education stations, prize giveaways, in-store product discounts, a variety of kids’ activities, a healthy checkout lane, and Build a Better Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack ideas. The education stations will help guests understand the NuVal System, which helps shoppers see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food they buy. The NuVal System, which was developed by physicians, scores food on a scale of 1-100. The higher the NuVal Score is, the better the nutrition. This initiative helps shoppers compare overall nutrition the same way they compare price. Coborn’s is committed to providing healthy options and education for its shoppers and continues to “focus on fresh.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. Recent Awards and Honors In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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03/16/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Bolsters Company’s Commitment to Freshness with Strategic Staffing
Several leaders promoted and new produce leader hiredST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 16, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has committed to strengthening and enhancing its fresh offerings by placing key leaders in strategic roles. District Manager Emily Coborn has taken on the company’s new role of Vice President of Fresh Merchandising, reporting to Executive Vice President of Sales Greg Sandeno. In this role, Coborn oversees the Produce, Bakery, Deli, and Meat and Seafood departments, as well as the company’s growing team of supermarket dietitians. The supermarket dietitians help guests make healthier choices by providing personal consultations, cooking classes, grocery tours, and educational resources. Prior to this new role, Coborn was a District Manager, overseeing 10 stores across Minnesota. She also had served as Director of Topco Program Management and Communications Manager. Before joining Coborn’s, Inc. in April 2011, Emily worked for several years at Eden Prairie, MN-based SUPERVALU for several years. Director of Meat and Seafood Mike Richter was promoted to Senior Director of Meat, Seafood and Fresh Merchandising, where he oversees the Meat and Seafood Merchandising department, while also serving as a valued mentor to other fresh merchandising leaders. He now reports to Vice President of Fresh Merchandising Emily Coborn. Over the course of his 20+ years with Coborn’s, Richter has distinguished himself as a visionary leader with a proven ability to bring retail programs to life. Prior to joining Coborn’s, he spent 15 years working for Fairway Foods in Fargo, N.D. as Meat, Deli and Bakery Director. Tom Williams recently joined Coborn’s as Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising. He is an innovative leader with a blend of retail, wholesale and food-service experience. Williams most recently served as Manager of Corporate Retail Produce and Floral at SpartanNash Company. Prior to that role, he spent 35 years in leadership positions with SUPERVALU Northern Region, Cub Foods Corporate, H. Brooks and Company, Upper Lakes Foods and Brookshire Grocery Company.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. Recent Awards and Honors In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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03/01/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Joins EPA’s Green Chill Initiative Grocer works to decrease its impact on the ozone layer and climate change
ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 1, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill partnership. GreenChill is a free, voluntary partnership with food retailers designed to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. By joining GreenChill, Coborn’s pledges to go beyond regulatory requirements to reduce damage to the ozone layer and slow global warming. Coborn’s is committed to sustainability, and this partnership will strengthen the company’s ability to protect the health of its consumers, as well as the environment. Coborn’s will work to reduce those emissions by continuing to transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, to reduce the amount of refrigerant used, and to adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices. Coborn’s is currently building a new supermarket in Isanti, Minn., and the company will seek Green Chill certification for the building. Other companies that partner with GreenChill tout refrigerant emissions rates that are approximately 50 percent lower than the national average. “Coborn’s has always been committed to the responsible use of environmental resources, and seeks continuous improvement in sustainability,” said Chris Coborn, president, CEO and chairman at Coborn’s, Inc. “Our company’s continued success depends upon sustaining our environment, as well as our employees, our guests and the communities we serve. This partnership will help us maintain our high ethical standards and empower us to remain responsible environmental stewards.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is a 95-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with approximately 8,000 employees and 54 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, gluten-free bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. Recent Awards and Honors In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president, CEO, and chairman Chris Coborn, was named Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association. In 2016, the National Grocers Association (NGA) honored Coborn with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award for his help with advancing the role and presence of the independent grocer and NGA in government and political affairs.
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02/08/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. Hires Produce Leader Tom Williams as Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising
ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Feb. 8, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has hired Tom Williams as Director of Produce and Floral Merchandising, reporting to Vice President of Fresh Merchandising Emily Coborn. As Director of Produce and Floral, Williams will develop and lead the implementation of produce and floral merchandising strategies for the company’s various retail divisions, including Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Marketplace Foods and CobornsDelivers. He will be responsible for achieving desired sales and gross profit results, and maximizing produce and floral distribution. He also will be accountable for aggressively leading innovation in the produce and floral departments to create a shopping experience that reflects each retail divisions’ unique brand promises, while consistently reflecting the company’s overall vision of inspiring happiness, healthy living and simplicity for each of our guests. Williams will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with vendors and suppliers. In this role, he will provide direct supervision to the Produce and Floral Retail Supervisors and indirect supervision to Department Managers. Williams most recently served as Manager of Corporate Retail Produce and Floral at SpartanNash Company. Prior to that role, he spent 35 years in leadership positions with SUPERVALU Northern Region, Cub Foods Corporate, H. Brooks and Company, Upper Lakes Foods and Brookshire Grocery Company. He holds a B.A. in Management from the College of St. Scholastica and currently serves on the Retail/Foodservice Board of Directors for United Fresh and is an Appointee for the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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01/21/2016 Coborn’s, Inc. to Move Private Brand Supply Chain Vendor from AFM to SUPERVALU
Coborn’s, Inc. to Move Private Brand Supply Chain Vendor from AFM to SUPERVALU ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jan. 21, 2016) – Coborn’s, Inc. has announced it is switching distribution channels for its private brand products from Affiliated Foods Midwest (AFM) in Kenosha, Wis. to SUPERVALU in Minneapolis, Minn. Coborn’s also will move all of the products currently supplied by AFM for its four Marketplace Foods stores in Wisconsin to SUPERVALU; AFM currently supplies the majority of national and private brand products for the Marketplace Foods stores. The transition will begin on Feb. 15 and is expected to be fully implemented by May 1.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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01/13/2016 Coborn’s Cake Decorator to Appear on Food Network’s Cake Wars
Amanda Hansen assists former competitor Sarah Watts in Dr. Seuss-themed episode ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Cake Decorator Amanda Hansen from the Coborn’s store in Sartell, Minn. will appear on Food Network’s Cake Wars Mon., Jan. 18 at 8:00 p.m. CT. According to the Cake Wars website, the episode is described as a Dr. Suess theme, “Everyone from the Cat in the Hat to Thing 1 and Thing 2 are coming to Cake Wars for a huge Dr. Seuss celebration in honor of the new book “What Pet Should I Get?’ Only one master cake artist will have their creation at the center of the party and walk away with $10,000, but to win, they’ll have to impress guest judge Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and work faster than you can say ‘one cake, two cake, red cake blue cake!’” Read more. Hansen is assisting Sarah Watts, owner of Sugar Mama’s Sweets in Gainesville, Fla. The two met in 2014 when were in the top three winners in the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) 19th Annual Cake Decorating Challenge. Hansen has been a cake decorator at Coborn’s for 10 years and is fully self-taught. She holds a liberal arts degree in human services from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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10/26/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Announces Plan to Build New Coborn’s Store in Isanti
Supermarket to include full-service coffee shop, pharmacy and convenience store ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Oct. 26, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. is announcing plans to build a new Coborn’s grocery store in Isanti, Minn. The supermarket will feature the next generation of Coborn’s stores, with a significant amount of the store dedicated to fresh offerings. The store will be located at the corner of Highway 65 and County Road 5 in Isanti. The approximately 45,000-square-foot store includes a full-service Caribou Coffee with indoor and outdoor seating and a pharmacy with drive through. There also will be a convenience store with car wash. Construction will begin November 2015 and the store will open in early summer. “From the product selection and services to the design layout, Coborn’s is committed to delivering a remarkable shopping experience that meets the needs of the community. This new format of Coborn’s store has been designed to inspire happiness, healthy living and simplicity, one guest at a time,” said Coborn’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. “We’re looking forward to serving the Isanti community and being an active and engaged employer in the area.” Coborn’s chose to build in Isanti because the community is healthy and vibrant, with a median age of 28. By 2020, the number of households in Isanti is projected to grow by 9.6 percent, according to a January 2015 report on the East Central Regional Housing Collaborative by Maxfield Research. The City Council approved plans to build the Coborn’s store at the Oct. 20, 2015 City Council meeting.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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09/29/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Invests $3.1 Million in Wages
Retailer raises its minimum starting wage to $9.50 per hour ST. CLOUD, MINN. ((Sept. 29, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. recently invested $3.1 million to raise its minimum starting wage to $9.50 per hour, which is 5.5% higher than the new Minnesota minimum wage, and significantly higher in other states that Coborn’s operates in, to attract and retain employees in today’s challenging market. “We constantly evaluate and adjust our wage scales,” explains President and CEO Chris Coborn. “This year we budgeted $1.24 million to adjust our wage scales. However, we made the tough but very right decision to invest an additional $1.86 million in direct response to feedback we were receiving from our store leadership teams, who are struggling to recruit and retain entry-level employees in today’s tight job market. Our additional investment is an important part of our long-term strategy to attract and retain the highest caliber of employee, who will create remarkable shopping experiences for our guests.” Coborn’s, Inc. is committed to paying competitive wages in its industry along with providing competitive benefits packages, including an Employee Stock Ownership Plan that has increased an average of 14.9% per year since its inception in 2006. The company also offers flexible scheduling, vacation time, paid holidays, ongoing advancement opportunities, online (social-media) recognition, wellness support and much more. The organization continuously evaluates market wages and has made its commitment clear over the last few years that the company values its employees and will continue to invest in them. As a fiscally responsible ESOP, Coborn’s listens to all of its employees and makes the best decisions on behalf of the company as a whole. Starting the company’s minimum wage at $9.50 will increase the stability across the entire company with entry-level positions, which act as the foundation of operations. In turn, this will help the company create greater value for all of its employees.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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08/14/2015 Fresh Gluten - Free Bakery Begins Production for 50 Supermarkets
Coborn’s, Inc. Builds Gluten – Free Bakery to Supply Treats for Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods ST. CLOUD, MINN. (August 14, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. has built a gluten-free bakery from scratch to meet the demand for fresh gluten-free bakery treats at its 50 Midwestern supermarkets and its online delivery company, CobornsDelivers. The bakery is housed on the Coborn’s corporate campus across from the company’s central bakery, and has begun production of 20 specialty bakery treats. A two-minute video tour by Plant Manager Bob Leuth is available online. “More and more of our store guests have been asking for fresh gluten-free bakery items, as more people today have gluten allergies than ever before or are simply changing their diets. It is challenging to find products that are not frozen,” says Vice President of Marketing Dennis Host. “We set out to work on a plan to build a gluten-free scratch bakery that is completely separate from our central bake shoppe and we’re excited to introduce this new product line-up to meet the needs of our guests.” The products will begin appearing in Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores the week of August 17. They will have their own display and will be marked with the G Free Bakery label. Broad Selection The company’s expert bakers tested hundreds of recipes to find products that are both gluten free and delicious tasting. They partnered with Michigan-based Dawn Foods, which is NSF certified, to test production and recipes. The initial 20 products are decadent muffins, hotdog and hamburger buns, sliced white bread, cupcakes, cakes, bars, cookies and brownies. Muffin flavors include Double Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Banana, Blueberry and Cranberry Orange. Frosted cupcakes come in both White and Devil’s Food; the bars are fudge brownies and chocolate chip bars. Available cookies are Sugar, Raspberry, Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip – in two sizes. The frosted cakes are available in White and Devil’s Food. As seasons change, additional items will be added into the mix. In September, sugared cake donuts will be available. The flavors have been developed to appeal to all guests, whether they have a need for gluten-free or not. Food Safety The G Free bakers recognize that even the slightest amount of gluten can be detrimental for some consumers. “The integrity of our products for our guests is of utmost priority; that’s why we invested in a brand new space and all new equipment,” says Food Safety & Nutrition Manager Kim Kockler. “Whether our guests choose gluten-free treats by choice or necessity, we appreciate the peace of mind in knowing that those who select our products can trust the integrity of what we’re offering.” The company invested in additional safeguards to ensure its gluten-free claim holds true. All ingredients entering the bakery and finished products exiting the bakery are tested to confirm the absence of gluten. This bakery facility is in a completely separate building from the company’s conventional bakery to ensure there is no cross contact with gluten-containing ingredients. Everything in the G Free Bakery has been built solely for this bakery, from the new ovens and pans to the utensils and employee uniforms. Certification G Free Bakery has begun the gluten-free certification process through the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO). Gluten-free certification is not required, however, Coborn’s, Inc. is actively pursuing it. Certification involves many steps, and the process will take at least four months from the application date. As part of the certification process, the bakery tests all of its finished products to ensure they meet the 20 parts per million guideline set by the FDA. G Free Bakery is managed by Plant Manager Bob Leuth and production is managed by Production Manager Jim Majchrzak; it is in production seven days a week.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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08/13/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Announces “Location of the Year” in Each Division
Stores compete on employee engagement, financial goals and overall location health ST. CLOUD, MINN. ((August 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. has evaluated all of its 120 retail locations and determined the Location of the Year, with one location per division.
  • In the Coborn’s division, out of 29 stores, the winner is Coborn’s on Pine Cone Road in Sartell, Minn., which is managed by Ryan Rothwell. Honorable recognition was given to Coborn’s in Ramsey, which is managed by Vicki Wredberg.
  • In the Cash Wise division, out of 17 stores, the winner is Cash Wise Foods in Minot, N.D., which was managed by Kim Pick. Honorable recognition was given to Cash Wise in Hutchinson, which is managed by Glenn Woelfel.
  • In the Convenience division, out of 15 stores, the winner is Holiday in Milaca, Minn., which is managed by Dayna Knudsvig.
  • In the Liquor division, out of 40 stores, the winner is Coborn’s Liquor in Little Falls, Minn., which is managed by Dan Moe.
  • In the Pharmacy division, out of 36 pharmacies, the winner is Coborn’s Pharmacy in Mora, which is managed by Amber Axtell.
  • In a division comprised of a variety of smaller locations, which includes a commercial bakery, a dry cleaning company, five video stores, four Save-A-Lot stores, two Ace Hardware stores, a Subway, a floral shop, and a distribution center, the winner is Country Floral in Williston, N.D., which is managed by Cathy Thorson.
These locations were evaluated and scored based on three areas of criteria, consistent across divisions for 2014, including employee engagement, financial goals and the overall health of the location. Each of the winning locations received recognition at the company’s annual ESOP celebration, along with a plaque and cash prize.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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07/30/2015 Coborn’s “Best Bagger” from Buffalo Wins Competition
Bagger Ian Rivers advances to state, national competition for chance to win $10,000 ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jul. 30, 2015) – On June 8, Ian Rivers from Coborn’s in Buffalo won the 26th annual Best Bagger Contest for Coborn’s, defeating 45 other contestants. Devin Garret and Cora Cummings from the Delano Coborn’s store came in second and third place. Grocery baggers from the 29 Coborn’s stores competed in the company’s 26th annual Best Bagger Contest, which was held in the Coborn’s Superstore parking lot in Sauk Rapids. Rivers will be representing Coborn’s at the Minnesota Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest at the Mall of America on August 15 from noon to 1:30, where he will be competing for a $500 prize and the honor to move onto the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest in Las Vegas in February of next year. “The bagger fills one of the most important roles in our Coborn’s stores,” says Vice President of Operations of the Coborn’s Division Bruce Miller. “They are often the last person our guests have contact with, so it’s critical they are well trained and they understand the impact they have on our guests’ overall shopping experience. The best bagger competition gives our baggers a chance to test their skills against not only other Coborn’s employees, but potentially against some of the best from across the country.” The Best Bagger contestants line tables piled with a predesignated assortment of grocery items and will be judged based on bag-building technique, weight distribution, speed, style, attitude and appearance. Since 1989, five Coborn’s baggers have advanced to the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Contest. Best Bagger History In 1987 the first National Grocers Association Best Bagger Contest was held in Dallas, Texas. It was called the “Texas/Oklahoma Checkout-Shootout.” There were only two contestants and the Master of Ceremonies was Terry Bradshaw (former NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Since then, the National Grocers Association has been bringing the country’s finest baggers together to determine the best of the best. The National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Championship was created to promote the grocery industry’s devotion to exceptional customer service through superior bagging.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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07/29/2015 Progressive Grocer magazine recognizes Becky Estby among Top Women in Grocery
ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jul. 29, 2015 – Industry-leading magazine Progressive Grocer named Coborn’s, Inc. Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development Becky Estby to its ninth annual Top Women in Grocery listing for her outstanding vision, leadership, accomplishments and success in the supermarket industry. Estby, who has been with Coborn’s for four years, is one of 75 senior-level executives from across the nation to receive this prestigious designation in 2015. “As a trusted leader on our company’s Operating Committee and a company officer, Becky has brought remarkable vision and insight into Coborn’s, Inc., helping guide our overall strategic direction,” says President and CEO Chris Coborn. “She has driven organizational engagement and performance, optimizing performance throughout all levels of our organization.” Becky EstbyEstby’s Role at Coborn’s, Inc. Estby leads a team of 41 Human Resources, Training and Development, and Communications professionals who support the company’s 8,000 employees who work in retail, warehouse, distribution, manufacturing and corporate support functions throughout six Midwestern states. She and her team have developed a strategic organizational structure, a recruiting and retention strategy, and a compensation plan to support the company’s six new grocery stores in North Dakota’s Bakken region, which had the nation’s lowest unemployment rate of just 1.5% as the stores opened. She also has led her team to develop a new companywide compensation structure and bonus programs. This helped drive positive employee relations and employee engagement and has created a culture of accountability. She and her team also have designed a retail training and development program to address the company’s growing need for retail leaders. Last spring, Estby successfully completed nationwide executive searches for three new Coborn’s executives. She developed a comprehensive roll-out and training plan for employees at all levels of the organization throughout of the last year. She also has been a leader in redefining the company’s Vision, Mission and Values, which build on the company’s rich traditions while positioning it for future success Estby’s Career History With more than 25+ years of experience in organizational development, human resources and leadership, Estby has a breadth of knowledge that spans many areas. Prior to joining Coborn’s in 2011, she worked for 14 years at Atterro, Inc. in a variety of Human Resources leadership capacities, including Vice President of Human Resources, Director of People, Manager of Employee Relations and Benefits, and more. She also briefly served as Atterro’s Vice President of Administration as the company transformed from a staffing company to a human capital organization. Prior to Atterro, Estby worked for nine years at Ciber, Inc., a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company. While at Ciber, Estby served in a variety of Human Resources positions with an emphasis on employee relations, benefits/insurance, EEO/affirmative action, staffing and compensation. She holds B.S. degrees in Business Education and Business Administration from Mankato State University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Estby’s Trade and Professional Groups Estby serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA, as well as a member of the Ladies 2.0 Executive Peer Group. She also is a member of FMI’s Human Resources Share Group, as well as Harold Lloyd’s Human Resources Share Group. The Top Women in Grocery listing was selected by Progressive Grocer editors. This awards program salutes the industry’s foremost female movers and shakers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and wielded substantial influence in their companies during the previous year, and who are also deeply involved in their communities and related philanthropic activities.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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07/15/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Promotes Two Corporate Leaders
Becky Estby named Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development and Lisa Ellis named Vice President of Real Estate ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Jul. 15, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. is pleased to announce promotions of two executives. Becky Estby is now Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development and Lisa Ellis is now Vice President of Real Estate. Becky Estby, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development Becky EstbyAs a trusted leader on the company’s Operating Committee and a company officer, Becky has brought remarkable vision and insight into the company. Becky and her team have developed an organization structure, recruiting and retention, and compensation strategy to support the company’s five new grocery stores in the Bakken region, which has the nation’s lowest unemployment rate of just 1.5%. She led her team to develop a new companywide compensation structure and bonus programs. This helped drive positive employee relations and employee engagement and has created a culture of accountability. They also have designed a retail training and development program to address our company’s growing need for retail leaders, and last spring, Becky successfully completed nationwide executive searches for three new Coborn’s executives. She developed a comprehensive roll-out and training plan for employees at all levels of the organization throughout all of 2015. Plus, Becky has been a leader in redefining the company’s Vision, Mission and Values, which build on the company’s rich traditions while positioning it for future success. She also was named one of the Top Women in Grocery this summer by Progressive Grocer magazine. Becky has 20+ years of experience in HR leadership and she has been at Coborn’s since 2011. She serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA. Lisa Ellis, Vice President of Real Estate Lisa Ellis Though Lisa joined Coborn’s, Inc. just last year after a long and successful career at Target Corp., she already has brought abundant leadership to Coborn’s. Lisa has been using her 25+ years of real estate expertise to uncover and pursue growth opportunities, quickly assess options, and ensure every consideration is in tip top shape when it comes to new construction, remodeling, property management, and acquisitions. She makes tremendous use of her law degree and contributes great value to the organization. She has provided deep insight to the company’s Operating Committee and her promotion to Vice President accurately reflects the high level of leadership she provides. She serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Cloud Downtown Council.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 120 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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06/17/2015 Cash Wise Foods Celebrates Grand Opening of New Supermarket in Dickinson, ND
Guests to enjoy super lower prices on thousands of fresh food items ST. CLOUD, MINN. (June 17, 2015) – Cash Wise Foods – owned by Coborn’s, Inc. – will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new store June 24 at 11:00 a.m. at 1761 3 Ave. S., Dickinson, N.D. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting, opening day specials and drawings for giveaways. Guests will experience the lowest prices in the community on thousands of fresh food items across the store and an incredibly friendly store staff. The 62,500-square foot supermarket brings many offerings not previously available in Dickinson, particularly a robust Natural Food selection and Bulk Foods department and a full-service butcher block. The 24/7 store employs more than 150 people and has created new jobs within the community. Cash Wise Liquor is located right next door. The store has brought in several seasoned employees from other Cash Wise stores to provide leadership in the new store, which continues to hire new employees. On the day of the Grand Opening celebration, Cash Wise Foods will open the new store at 6:00 a.m. and will have job booths open and on-site interviews available for interested applicants to apply for the remaining full-time and part-time positions that the store is still filling. Cash Wise guests will find many ways to save money every day through weekly advertisements, monthly coupon books, Truckload Buys, free items, and a huge selection of store brand products. At this new store, they will find low prices on thousands of every-day-low-price items across the store in addition to special features, including:
  • More than 600 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested with peak-of-the-season freshness and flavor. Also available is a large selection of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables made fresh daily and a large selection of organic produce.
  • Full-service Meat department that has a rock-solid beef program. Cash Wise features premium, certified Hereford Beef offerings, 100-percent pure ground beef, chuck and round program, Farmland all-natural no-solutions-added pork, and Gold’n Plump fresh Grade A poultry. The Meat department uses state-of-the-art flavor sealed beef- and pork-packaging technology to maximize freshness. It also offers meals-in-minutes entrees, including premium marinated beef, pork and poultry, kabobs, beef patties, and brats, all perfect for grilling. Also available is a full selection of Cash Wise Signature Smokehouse Meats, including old-fashioned smoked hams, bacon, sausages, brats and more. A full-service Fresh Seafood program is also included in the Meat department.
  • Full-service Deli complete with Cash Wise Signature whole-roasted rotisserie chicken, hot entrees, golden-fried chicken, Cash Wise Fresh Pizza, fresh sushi bar, soup and salad bar, and more. Also available is a wide variety of fresh-sliced meats and cheeses and delicious deli favorites, such as potato, pasta and garden salads.
  • Onsite Bakery featuring oven-fresh breads and rolls, artisan breads, Ciabatta rolls and Parisian French bread. Also available are fresh-baked muffins, cookies, bars, old-fashioned pies, and cakes decorated by hand or with edible photo imaging. The Bakery also specializes in Cash Wise Signature M&M Cookies and Dollar Buns.
  • Bulk Foods carrying hundreds of conventional and organic products such as pastas, dried fruits, granola, cereal, candies and even pet foods and treats. The Bulk Foods department aims to offer products that are five percent less expensive than the cheapest option on the shelves. It allows guests to sample something new with little risk by purchasing small quantities or save in a big way by buying large quantities of their favorite products, as well.
  • NuVal nutritional scoring system, which allows guests to easily see the nutritional value of the food they are buying, right on the price tag. The system scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal score, the better the nutrition.
  • Cash Wise Liquor offering a vast selection of liquor, wine and beer at low prices.
Store Management Dickinson Store Director Matt Sellers has been managing the Cash Wise in Stanley, N.D. and prior to that was at Cash Wise in Williston, N.D. He has 15 years of progressive grocery management experience and understands the market well. “We’re really glad to be opening our new Cash Wise supermarket in Dickinson,” he said. “The community has been asking for a Cash Wise for a few years now and I’m very excited that we can finally bring our super-low prices to the great residents of Dickinson. Everyone has been so welcoming of us already!” Shane Zentner will manage Cash Wise Liquor; he has moved to join the company from Mott, N.D. Before moving into the liquor business, Shane worked in the house-moving industry.
North Dakota expansion Cash Wise Foods has been in operation in Fargo/Moorhead and Bismarck for 27 years and enjoys serving North Dakota. In 2012, Coborn’s entered into a joint partnership with Williston-based JK Foods to co-own the former Economart, Stanley Food Pride, Tioga Food Pride and Country Floral and convert the supermarkets into Cash Wise stores. In 2013-2014, Coborn’s built new Cash Wise stores in Watford City, Minot, Stanley, and Tioga and acquired the 5-store Captain Jack’s Liquor Land chain in Bismarck and Mandan. With its two recently opened supermarkets in West Fargo and in Dickinson, the company now has 10 Cash Wise stores in North Dakota. About Coborn’s, Inc. About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 54 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center in St. Cloud. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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05/15/2015 Cash Wise Foods Celebrates Grand Opening of New Supermarket in West Fargo, ND
Guests to enjoy super lower prices on thousands of fresh food items ST. CLOUD, MINN. (May 15, 2015) – Cash Wise Foods – owned by Coborn’s, Inc. – will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new store May 22 at 11:00 a.m. at 755 33 Ave. E., West Fargo, N.D. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting, opening day specials and drawings for giveaways. Guests will experience the lowest prices in the community on thousands of fresh food items across the store and an incredibly friendly store staff. The 65,000-square foot supermarket brings many offerings not previously available in West Fargo. The 24/7 store employs more than 150 people and has created new jobs within the community. It features a Caribou Coffee, Little Dukes convenience store with car wash and Cash Wise liquor store located right next door. The store has brought in several seasoned Cash Wise employees from the Fargo and Moorhead stores to provide leadership in the new store, which continues to hire new employees. On the day of the Grand Opening celebration, Cash Wise Foods will open the new store at 6:00 a.m. and will have job booths open and on-site interviews available for interested applicants to apply for the remaining full-time and part-time positions that the store is still filling. Cash Wise guests will find many ways to save money every day through weekly advertisements, monthly coupon books, Truckload Buys, free items, and a huge selection of store brand products. At this new store, they will find low prices on thousands of every-day-low-price items across the store in addition to special features, including:
  • More than 600 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested with peak-of-the-season freshness and flavor. Also available is a large selection of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables made fresh daily and a large selection of organic produce.
  • Full-service Meat department that has a rock-solid beef program. Cash Wise features premium, certified Hereford Beef offerings, 100-percent pure ground beef, chuck and round program, Farmland all-natural no-solutions-added pork, and Gold’n Plump fresh Grade A poultry. The Meat department uses state-of-the-art flavor sealed beef- and pork-packaging technology to maximize freshness. It also offers meals-in-minutes entrees, including premium marinated beef, pork and poultry, kabobs, beef patties, and brats, all perfect for grilling. Also available is a full selection of Cash Wise Signature Smokehouse Meats, including old-fashioned smoked hams, bacon, sausages, brats and more. A full-service Fresh Seafood program is also included in the Meat department.
  • Full-service Deli complete with Cash Wise Signature whole-roasted rotisserie chicken, hot entrees, golden-fried chicken, Cash Wise Fresh Pizza, fresh sushi bar, and more. Also available is a wide variety of fresh-sliced meats and cheeses and delicious deli favorites, such as potato, pasta and garden salads.
  • Onsite Bakery featuring oven-fresh breads and rolls, artisan breads, Ciabatta rolls and Parisian French bread. Also available are fresh-baked muffins, cookies, bars, old-fashioned pies, and cakes decorated by hand or with edible photo imaging. The Bakery also specializes in Cash Wise Signature M&M Cookies and Dollar Buns.
  • Bulk Foods carrying hundreds of conventional and organic products such as pastas, dried fruits, granola, cereal, candies and even pet foods and treats. The Bulk Foods department aims to offer products that are five percent less expensive than the cheapest option on the shelves. It allows guests to sample something new with little risk by purchasing small quantities or save in a big way by buying large quantities of their favorite products, as well.
  • NuVal nutritional scoring system, which allows guests to easily see the nutritional value of the food they are buying, right on the price tag. The system scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal score, the better the nutrition.
  • Cash Wise Liquor offering a vast selection of liquor, wine and beer at low prices.
Store Management West Fargo Store Director Greg Jaroszewski has been managing the Cash Wise in Moorhead, right across the river, for the last 27 years. He understands the market well and has consistently led his teams to success. “This is a great opportunity to serve more area guests with our new store in West Fargo,” he said. “Our neighbors from this side of the community have been asking for a Cash Wise for a long time now, and I’m thrilled that we can bring our super-low prices to our friends in the western side of the community!” Roger Nelson will manage Cash Wise Liquor; he has moved here from Bozeman, MT, where he managed a liquor store for the last five years. He brings 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. North Dakota expansion Cash Wise Foods has been in operation in Fargo/Moorhead and Bismarck for 27 years and enjoys serving North Dakota. In 2012, Coborn’s entered into a joint partnership with Williston-based JK Foods to co-own the former Economart, Stanley Food Pride, Tioga Food Pride and Country Floral and convert the supermarkets into Cash Wise stores. In 2013-2014, Coborn’s built new Cash Wise stores in Watford City, Minot, Stanley, and Tioga and acquired the 5-store Captain Jack’s Liquor Land chain in Bismarck and Mandan. Coborn’s continues its western North Dakota expansion plan with a new store opening in Dickinson in June 2015.
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 53 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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05/13/2015 USPS Postal Substation Opens in Ramsey Coborn’s Store
Ribbon cutting and dedication held in memory of Ramsey resident Patti Gates ST. CLOUD, MINN. (May 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. and the United States Postal Service will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new postal substation located inside the Coborn’s store in Ramsey May 22 at 11:00 a.m. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting and dedication of the substation.This postal substation was created after more than 35 years of Ramsey residents petitioning for a post office in town. In May 2014, after many attempts driven by Ramsey resident Patti Gates, the USPS agreed to establish a “contract postal unit” in Coborn’s, inside the space formerly occupied by a bank.Patti Gates continuously worked with neighbors and businesses to keep pressing for postal service. She was a true champion for the cause. Because of her persistence and positive approach, Gates received great support everywhere she went. Gates passed away shortly before the USPS announced the plan to set up the substation. At the ribbon cutting, the substation will be dedicated in memory of her. “With this new substation, it’s a huge win for the whole community,” says Coborn’s District Manager Emily Coborn. “It’s been a pleasure to partner with the USPS to bring service and convenience to the residents of Ramsey.” The substation will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Express mail cutoff is 2:30 p.m. (except on Sunday) and the last mail pickup for the day is 4 p.m. Coborn’s employees will run the substation.

About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 53 supermarkets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Save-A-Lot and Marketplace Foods banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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04/13/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. announces acquisition of Wisconsin-based Marketplace Foods
Coborn’s expands to western Wisconsin, gaining 400 employees and four grocery stores ST. CLOUD, MINN. (April 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. today announced its acquisition of Marketplace Foods, which owns four grocery/liquor stores in Western Wisconsin. “By expanding into Wisconsin and adding these four stores into the Coborn’s family, we are experiencing positive, strategic growth for our company,” said Coborn’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Chris Coborn. “Marketplace Foods has a history of solid performance and a culture that is well aligned with our culture at Coborn’s. These four stores are beautiful – destination shopping experiences – and I’m excited to include them in the Coborn’s family of stores.” The four Marketplace Foods stores are located in Hayward, Menomonie, Rice Lake and St. Croix Falls. These stores will continue to operate as Marketplace Foods, with their current leadership and employee team of more than 400 people. Coborn’s will share processes, ideas and best practices to strengthen the entire family of stores. “We know that we have found a good fit with Coborn’s,” said Jason Betchkal, Marketplace Foods Owner. “Our companies operate with similar values, focusing on appreciating our employees and serving our customers. It’s exciting to see the benefits that our stores will experience by being a part of a larger family company.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,400 employees and 52 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 106 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. The company is building two new Cash Wise stores in North Dakota, set to open in spring and summer of 2015. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
About Marketplace Foods Marketplace Foods was founded by Frank and Doris Betchkal 1977 in Hayward, WI. Leading up to opening his first Marketplace store, Frank started in the grocery industry as a teenager, working as a bagger in a Racine store. After high school, he advanced from meat manager to assistant store manager and finally store manager in Milwaukee. In 1970, Frank began working with Easters in Des Moines, IA, as operations manager. Today, Marketplace Foods boasts more than 400 employees and four strong stores recognized as grocery destinations. Marketplace Foods is well-known for giving back to the communities where its stores operate. They are members of the local Chambers of Commerce and supporters of nonprofit organizations, including food shelves. In 2012, Frank Betchkal was recognized by the Wisconsin Grocers Association for his outstanding contribution to the grocery industry in Wisconsin with its Excellence in Operations award. Frank and Doris have two sons, Jason and John. Their son, Jason, was named president in 2011 and remains in that role.
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03/18/2015 Coborn’s, Inc. Adds Several Leaders to Corporate Team
Company invests in top talent to accommodate ongoing growth ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Mar. 18, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. has recently hired several new leaders as it builds its growing corporate team. The company has been acquiring and building several supermarkets and liquor stores in recent years; two more new stores are expected to open in North Dakota in May and June 2015. The company’s retail employee count has grown by 1,500 in the last two years alone. These new leaders work across numerous corporate departments in support of store operations.
Scott Morris Scott Morris, Senior Vice President of Center Store, has 27+ years of progressive grocery leadership experience, most recently working as Corporate Vice President – Independent Business Development at SUPERVALU. He is replacing Senior Vice President of Center Store Andy Knoblauch, who will be retiring later this spring.
David Pack David Pack, Director of IT, has 18+ years of technology leadership experience, most recently working as Sr. Manager and Director in IT at Best Buy.
Cheryl Graham Cheryl Graham, Director of Private Label and Topco Relations, has 10+ years of merchandising and business solution leadership experience, most recently working as Senior Group Manager at Target Corporation.
Denise BergDenise Berg, Controller, has 15 years of experience in business management and project management in accounting, finance and tax, most recently working as Manager of Payroll Accounting and Banking at Target Corporation.
Scott Brooks Scott Brooks, IT Senior Project Manager, has 20+ years of IT project management experience, most recently working as a Project Manager at AudaExplore.
Jennie Rundle Jennie Rundle, Human Resources Business Partner, has 11 years of progressive HR experience, most recently working as Director of Human Resources and Payroll at St. Clare Living Community.
Joelle PetersonJoelle Peterson, Human Resources Business Partner, has 20+ years of progressive HR experience, most recently working as Human Resources Manager at VOA-Homestead.

About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 48 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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02/13/2015 Coborn’s Wins National Awards for Grocery Promotions
Four Merchandising Promotions Win 1st Place and One Wins Best of Show ST. CLOUD, MINN. (Feb. 13, 2015) – Coborn’s, Inc. won “Best in Show” Creative Choice Award in merchandising at The NGA Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday for its Minnesota’s Own promotion, which centered around a large-scale food drive in October. The company also received first place for merchandising in four categories: Center Store, Fresh Foods, Health and Wellness, and Public Service or Charitable Cause. The National Grocers Association judged nearly 300 entries on the basis of creativity, clarity and effectiveness by a panel of industry experts, which narrowed the field of nominees, with winners being determined by online voting and by the judges. Coborn’s winning submissions are available to view on the company’s website. “We’re very honored to win these awards,” says Coborn’s, Inc. Executive Vice President of Sales Greg Sandeno. “Three of them are very personal. The Four Brothers Launch was the campaign we created to honor the four Coborn’s brothers who started our company. The Build a Better Basket promotion is something new we tried this past year to help our guests learn how to make healthier purchases. And the Minnesota’s Own promotion was all about helping out our local food shelves, which is so very important to our communities.”
About Coborn’s, Inc. St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, Inc. is an employee-owned grocery retailer with 8,000 employees and 48 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods and Save-A-Lot banners. Coborn’s, Inc. also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 125 retail locations, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center. In 2010, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Family Business of the Year for Community Service and Philanthropy’ by Minnesota Business magazine. In 2011, Coborn’s, Inc. was recognized as ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ by Grocery Headquarters magazine. In 2014, the company’s president and CEO, Chris Coborn, was named the Grocer of the Year by the N.D. Grocers Association.
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