Gordy's County Market buys Chetek grocery store

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) – Another community grocery store will soon operate under the Gordy’s County Market name.

The company said Tuesday that it has bought out the Kirkwood’s Market in Chetek from Tom and Jane Kurschner. A news release did not specify the terms of the deal. The company says it will start operating the store under the Gordy’s name starting on October 2. It will retain all current Kirkwood's employees.

Gordy’s runs eight grocery stores and four gas stations. It acquired the former Ron’s Castle Foods in Eau Claire earlier this year.


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) - Gordy’s County Market announced today it has purchased the Kirkwood’s Market in Chetek, WI. The store will begin operating under the Gordy’s Market name beginning October 2, 2012. The Company plans to retain all of Kirkwood’s current employees.

In a recent statement, Jeff Schafer, president of Gordy’s County Market, said, “We are excited about the new opportunity in the city of Chetek, and the surrounding communities of Barron County. We will be offering residents our homemade smoked meats and bottom line pricing. In addition, we will continue to offer the products and services that our customers have come to expect from us.”

Gordy’s bought the store from Tom and Jane Kurschner. “We are proud to turn Kirkwood’s Market over to another family run business that uses the same values that we used to run our own business for 35 years,” Tom and Jane said in a recent interview. “We have been blessed by the excellent customers and wonderful employees of Barron County.”

Gordy’s County Market is a family-owned grocery store that started in 1966 when Gordy Schafer opened up his first store in Chippewa Falls, WI. They currently operate eight grocery stores and four gas stations, employing more than 800 people throughout West Central Wisconsin. Recently, the company won The Small Business of the Year Award from the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.