What was Arkulary’s grocery store? | Pine log
Stephen Arkulary grew up in a proud and progressive family of grocery retailers. His father, John F. Arkulary – “ahead of his time, besides being an eccentric dynamo” – opened his first grocery store in Viroqua, Wisconsin, in 1936. The city of about 4000 residents lies to the south -est of La Crosse.
“After nine children under the roof, he had imagined that his sons and daughters would operate several food markets under his leadership,” Stephen said. In 1957, John “packed his family into a three-seater Chrysler station wagon and moved to Duluth, Minn.”
In Duluth, John got involved with Twin Ports Grocery, a cooperative owned warehouse. The cooperative paid dividends based on the purchases of the food cooperatives. By 1957, Duluth was “full of food markets big and small,” with household names like Crystals, Gershgol’s, Piggly Wiggly, Super Valu, and the national chains Red Owl and National Tea.
John died suddenly in 1965. His widow, Frances Arkulary, sold the Piggly Wiggly and built a smaller store than she could manage, employing five sons and two remaining daughters in college.
At 19, Stephen stepped into the role of inventory, facilities and workforce control. At age 21, he left his studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth to go into the grocery store so his mother could comfortably retire.
The Arkulary business grew over the next decade, as smaller competitors left the company.
“The support from Twin Ports Grocery has helped us navigate decades of cash flow issues and has helped us purchase and install new equipment to modernize our store to remain competitive and present an image of equal or better quality. of our competitors. “
1979 – Stephen and his brothers buy a grocery store in Solon Springs, Wisconsin.
1983 – The Arkularies bought a failed warehouse market slot in 1986.
1988 – The co-operative-owned wholesaler is sold to Gateway Foods, promising efficiency and purchasing power.
1993 – Gateway Foods sells to Scrivner Inc., which in turn is sold to Fleming Inc., then the largest food wholesaler in the United States. Each acquisition promised efficiency and purchasing power.
1993 – Stephen and his brothers built a state-of-the-art 15,000 square foot store renowned for its fine meats and deli products. (Around this time, they bought the dairy truck, as a billboard and for parades, which is now owned by John Larson of Moorhead, Minn. The dairy truck delivers nostalgia) “We were often compared to (TV bar) Cheers, where everyone knows your name,” Stephen said.
2000 – Fleming put dairy retailers on a cash on delivery basis. “We lost five days of ‘float’ that we had become addicted to,” Stephen said, referring to the time between writing the checks and clearing the bank account it’s drawn on. It came after Fleming formed a relationship with Kmart. Arkulary is folded. Stéphane went back to school,
2003 – Fleming filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and various other companies purchase the company’s grocery business. Stephen obtained degrees that allow him to start his own tax preparation business.
2004 – Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., of San Francisco, exits Fleming from bankruptcy.
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