‘It’s about better service for everybody’

Farmers Store changes vendors, secondary brand

By Anna Jauhola
Through the next several weeks, Farmers Store shoppers will notice a few extra people in the building as they prepare for a vendor and brand change.
The 116-year-old Hallock business is switching grocery distributors and will now be supplied by Mason Brothers for grocery and Russ Davis for produce. Both businesses have warehouses in Wadena, Minn.
“We have more in common with Mason Brothers,” Swanson said. “We’re a small, independent store and Mason Brothers is set up to serve small, independent stores.”
Since the early 2000s, the Farmers Store has carried the Our Family brand through the distributor Food Pride and before that, it was SuperValu. However, over the last year or so, it has been difficult to obtain products they ordered, said Tom Swanson, Farmers Store CEO.
“Both of them are great big companies and they feed great big stores like Hornbacher’s and Hugo’s,” Swanson said.

See full story in this week’s Enterprise

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