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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:15 pm | Updated: 4:23 pm, Tue Aug 21, 2012.

The shelves are all stocked. The meat counter is lined with fresh beef, chicken and pork. The cakes are all decorated and the cookies, well, they look like rainbows, friendly monsters and balloons.

After three months of renovations, trainings and moving inventory, Fareway Foods employees were all smiles as they prepared to open the full service grocery store in Faribault Wednesday morning (today).

“We’re super excited,” said John Pentecost, Fareway grocery manager. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing Fareway to Faribault.”

Fareway is a family-owned grocery store chain based in Boone, Iowa, that bought the store at the corner of Second Avenue and Fourth Street from the Nelson family in May. There are 102 stores in the Midwest and, with Faribault, four located in Minnesota.

Renovations focused on the corners of the store — Sterling Pharmacy is now located in the front left corner of the store where the floral department, now located in the back left corner, was.

A drive-thru was also installed for pharmacy customers. The in-store entrance for Long Cheng Restaurant has been changed from a free-flowing walk area to a sliding door.

But, ask anyone in the store and they’ll tell you what the highlight of the new Fareway store is: The meat department.

“It’s the backbone,” said Mike Lensch, meat department manager.

The department carries only USDA choice or higher beef, all natural pork and chicken — all cut and wrapped to order, Lensch said.

Lunch meats and cheese are also available and sliced to order. But it’s not just any cheese.

“We’ve got as much cheese from the Caves of Faribault that they’ll allow,” Lensch said. “We’ve got Gorgonzola, St. Pete’s blue cheese, St. Mary’s Gouda, everything .. It’s all about supporting a local company.”

Fareway has its own brand of select products including ice cream, pop, bread and hot dogs. Pentecost promised customers shopping at Fareway will find quality products at competitive prices along with friendly workers to complete the experience.

“Customer service is very important to us,” he said. “We’ve got to your car carry-out service — we do it the same way we did 74 years ago.”

The Faribault store has about 105 employees — six transferred from other Fareway stores but the rest are local, Pentecost said.

The store will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Reach reporter Rebecca Rodenborg at 333-3128, or follow her on Twitter.com @FDNRebecca

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  • mohamed posted at 8:34 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

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  • FBLman posted at 11:14 am on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    FBLman Posts: 1

    Hey outofwork, grow up! Bashing the Nelson's will not help. Fareway did not hire you for a reason. Ever think about that?

  • Thundar posted at 4:18 pm on Fri, Aug 17, 2012.

    Thundar Posts: 727

    I stopped by Fareway today, and I was pretty pleased. Nice, clean, updated look. I saw many familiar faces of the past employees, and some folks that are not "part-time or teenagers".

    It's been said earlier in this blog, but a company comes to town, they are not going to be able to train local people on being key decision makers while the store is remodeled and a launch is planned.

    I would hope the employees that are local take the opportunity to prove their value and worth to the company and are recognized and developed for career advancement if they so choose.

    At some point, past employees bitterness will hopefuilly fade. The Nelson's did what they felt they needed to do, and I agree, it sucks when you are caught in the middle. But, that's not Fareway's fault, it's the Nelson's.

    But, again, I was pleasantly impressed and although it is opening week it was very busy and the meat department was a madhouse. Much better selection that prior.

    So far, so good.

  • outofwork posted at 10:52 am on Fri, Aug 17, 2012.

    outofwork Posts: 1

    I won't shop Fareway for personal reasons. Jay Nelson flirted with me daily and promised me he'd make sure I had a job but guess what? I'm out of work. Not Fareway's fault just can't go there anymore.

  • luvourcountry posted at 8:43 am on Fri, Aug 17, 2012.

    luvourcountry Posts: 17

    I hope all you Fareway bashers never shop out of town, otherwise you are hurting our community severely. Grow up people.

  • newgirl posted at 9:53 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    newgirl Posts: 4

    Chunk...many businesses that start up in a new area bring in their own management teams to get things up and running and then they move on to other stores, letting our local folks fill the positions...that's just smart business...nobody leaves their "child" with a stranger...[smile]

  • newgirl posted at 9:49 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    newgirl Posts: 4

    I just moved to Owatonna from Boone Iowa last summer, I am so glad to see a Fareway so close to me finally!! Fareway is a wonderful store that in my many years of living in Boone (over 25), puts a lot of money back into the community-not just with jobs, but with donations and sponsorships of local organizations and community events...I don't believe that having Fareway come into our area has been a bad thing at all...

  • jweidt posted at 7:35 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    jweidt Posts: 21

    I agree. Make sure you shop local and choose between Hy-vee (headquartered in West Des Moines, Ia.), Walmart (Arkansas)' or Aldi (Germany). Good luck!

  • Town in Need of Help posted at 3:00 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    Town in Need of Help Posts: 18

    I agree with you. According to thier full page ad, all of thier managers are also imported from Iowa. Obviously we have nothing to offer Fareway, and I choose to take my business elsewhere.

  • jweidt posted at 2:51 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    jweidt Posts: 21

    Buy groceries there, or don't buy groceries there, but the idea that Fareway has somehow "hurt the community severly" by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate a run down store and bringing in 6 people who know how to run a Fareway store to replace the former employees who do not is a little over the top.

  • chunk-a-dunk posted at 12:37 pm on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    chunk-a-dunk Posts: 4

    "The Faribault store has about 105 employees — six transferred from other Fareway stores but the rest are local, Pentecost said."

    They forgot to mention that the "Local" employess are all part time and/or teenagers. All Full time and long time Nelsons employees were sent to the street. Dont make it sound like they are helping our community. They hurt it severely.[thumbdown]

  • cheekymonkey posted at 9:35 am on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    cheekymonkey Posts: 6

    I am really excited to have a new grocery store in Faribault! I can't wait to get in there!

    As for Lyons meats...well, I was glad to have them open up, but severely disappointed that pretty much everything is FROZEN! Glad for FRESH meat to be at Fariway!

  • Cinderblock posted at 6:51 am on Wed, Aug 15, 2012.

    Cinderblock Posts: 2

    I hope they dont come in here and try to push small businesses around. I have heard they have an excellent meat department. I hope that doesnt affect Lyons meats right down the road.[sad]


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