Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012 - (Page 48)

Retail PAT’S FOODS Catering to Community Pat’s Foods has been a stalwart in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for four generations of the Campionis, and the family plans to keep the business strong by focusing on the needs of its customers. he Upper Peninsula of Michigan is well known for its logging industry, proximity to three of the Great Lakes, quality of sites for skiing and especially for the down-toearth nature of its residents, commonly referred to as “Yoopers.”The Yoopers share a strong regional identity – primarily due to the physical separation from Michigan’s Lower Peninsula – and as a result, tend to take care of each other. In fact, this value for the local community is one of the main characteristics that local chain Pat’s Foods works to demonstrate every day through its product offering and services. Pat’s Foods is in its fourth generation of Campioni family ownership and operation, and has been dedicated to quality service from the start. Family patriarch Guido Campioni came to the Upper Peninsula from Italy and established a small mom-and-pop store, T and the operation has grown from there, while remaining in the family. His great-grandsons Joe and Ben Campioni are now the company’s co-owners, and they have five grocery stores throughout the Upper Peninsula, as well as one hardware store and a car wash. This past summer, the company also added a convenience store to its group. Joe Campioni stresses that what remains consistent at all of its locations is the company’s dedication to service as well as meeting the needs of its customers. “We take care of our customers – that is always No. 1,” he says. “We are known for our quality, cleanliness and ability to change with the times. We are very community-oriented, and all of this together helps us to be fairly aggressive in the market. We can never beat Walmart, but we can out-promote them at times – they can’t always react the way we do.” 48 November/December 2012

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Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012
Sports Licensing Show
Wine & Food Festival
Brand Licensing Europe
Category Insight
Cover Story
Affinity Consultants
United States Olympic Committee
Pacific Cycle Inc.
Foot Locker Inc.
Nationwide Vision
Belle Foods
Campioni Enterprises
Gilligan Oil
Hickman’s Iga
Liquor Stores N.A.
Ken’s Superfair Foods and Food Fair
Navy Exchange Service Command
New & Notable

Retail Merchandiser - November/December 2012