New Family Fare banner, additional offerings, customer-first focus highlight Econofoods $1.5M renovation

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, SpartanNash, 616-878-2830


New Family Fare banner, additional offerings, customer-first focus highlight Econofoods $1.5M renovation

Grand reopening scheduled for May 2017

CANNON FALLS, Minn. – As part of its $1.5 million investment in the Cannon Falls community, SpartanNash has begun renovating the Econofoods located at 425 W. Main Street in Cannon Falls, giving it a customer-first focus and additional amenities throughout the store.

“We are paying close attention to what our customers expect in a grocery shopping experience,” said Tom Swanson, Vice President of the Retail West Division for SpartanNash, which owns the Econofoods as well as more than 150 stores in 10 states. “Every part of the current store will see updates and upgrades, which we believe will complement the variety of new products and amenities store guests will have access to after the renovation is complete.”

To begin the transformation, the store will be rebannered as a Family Fare Supermarket, where store guests can continue to find fresh selection and the best everyday values for their money. The same associates – many of whom are Cannon Falls residents themselves – will continue to work in the store throughout the conversion, serving store guests with the same level of customer focus and dedication to personal relationships as ever.

In addition to new aesthetics – including energy-saving lighting and equipment – the 26,600-square foot Family Fare Supermarket’s new offerings will include:

  • An expanded produce department with a wide variety of organic and local farm-fresh products.
  • Expanded bakery and deli sections, featuring a menu of specialty, made-to-order bakery items and grab-and-go meal solutions.
  • Enhanced meat and seafood departments staffed with center-of-the-plate experts.
  • An improved dairy section and extended frozen foods to satisfy everyday needs in every section of the store.

The store will also be reset to make it easier to navigate the perimeter and aisles, and new signs, flooring and décor will highlight the updated interior.

A Welcome Center will be added near the entrance, allowing store guests to pour themselves a cup of coffee or grab a bag of popcorn to enjoy while shopping. New checkout stands and an updated Guest Care center will also be new features in the Family Fare Supermarket.

In addition, 10 for $10 bins will provide store guests with great deals and more ways to save money.

The exterior of the soon-to-be Family Fare is also receiving a facelift.

“We want to deliver a best-in-class experience with every trip to the grocery store, and this new and improved Family Fare will do just that,” Swanson said. “Our commitment to our customers will always be our top priority, and we appreciate their patience during this renovation. We know remodels can be a temporary challenge, but we’re using our expertise to minimize any disruptions and we’re confident customers will enjoy the transformation.

“Our store associates have been and continue to be amazing during this conversion, and we thank them for their efforts throughout the remodeling process. Once completed, this will be a new store with a new name – but all the same great people will continue to serve the Cannon Falls community.”

In 2015 and 2016, SpartanNash invested more than $30 million in the greater Omaha, Neb. area to remodel and rebanner 14 stores to Family Fare Supermarkets. In total, the company operates 82 Family Fare stores in five states. This will be the second Family Fare in Minnesota, joining the location in Moorhead in offering store guests easy-to-navigate stores, huge savings, weekly ad special, and plenty of variety to help stretch a family’s food budget.

The current project began when the Scofield Drug and Gift moved into the Econofoods store, providing store guests and long-time customers with the same great service and friendly faces. The pharmacy will also have the added convenience of a drive-thru option beginning in the spring.

The renovation is scheduled to be completed in early May 2017, and the grand reopening will follow shortly thereafter. Store guests will be invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will kick off a week of grand reopening celebrations.

Store hours will remain the same throughout the renovation.


About SpartanNash
SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company whose core businesses include distributing grocery products to independent grocery retailers, national accounts, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries. SpartanNash serves customer locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 155 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Market, D&W Fresh Market and SunMart. Through its MDV military division, SpartanNash is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.