Quantcast

Owner Gives Grocery Store to Employees - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Owner Gives Grocery Store to Employees

Posted: Updated:

It's a christmas present employees will never forget. It's from the owner of a local grocery store to his employees, a gift that is a too large to wrap. It was 1966 when Lueken's village food opened in Bemidji,Minnesota. 1986, Econofoods in Wahpeton, North Dakota was built. And in 2000, a 2nd Luekens opened in southern Bemidji.

 Today, the one who started it all is still in charge. Joe lueken bought the first store from his brother in '69. And even though things have changed since then, his philosophy has stayed the same "Just do the right thing," says Joe Lueken.

But recently, Joe has decided to make a change himself. At 70, Joe is ready to retire. Major chains offered to buy his business but he said no. Instead he's giving his store to somebody, or should I say some people you may not expect.

"My family thought it would be best for employees to enjoy the success we had over the years," says Lueken. That's right. 400 employees will now become stockholders in the company. "It's good for employees. Good for community."

 And Brent Sicard, who started out as janitor more than ten years ago is now the new president and ceo. For Joe, he'll be handing over his store at the beginning of the year, and knows that this is not the end for him or his company he started years ago, but the beginning.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Fire In Horace, House Is Total Loss

    Fire In Horace, House Is Total Loss

    Crews were called at 10:10 a.m. to a house fire at7113 Woodland Circle north of Horace. Homeowners were inside at the time, but escaped, and no one was hurt. Crews battled the fire for hours; the home is a total loss. There is no cause at this time, they are still investigating. Firefighters say they had to fight the fire from outside, which makes the battle more difficult. Horace, West Fargo, and Davenport firefighters responded with help from the FM ambulance and the Cass County Sheriff’s D...
    Crews were called at 10:10 a.m. to a house fire at7113 Woodland Circle north of Horace. Homeowners were inside at the time, but escaped, and no one was hurt. Crews battled the fire for hours; the home is a total loss. There is no cause at this time, they are still investigating. Firefighters say they had to fight the fire from outside, which makes the battle more difficult. Horace, West Fargo, and Davenport firefighters responded with help from the FM ambulance and the Cass County Sheriff’s D...
  • Update: Beltrami Fire Ruled Accidental

    Beltrami Business Believed to be Total Loss After Fire

    Beltrami Fire Department says part of a business is destroyed after an early morning fire. Firefighters say they were called out around 1:00 a.m. to a fire at the Beltrami Mall.  Crews say West Central
    The Beltrami Fire Chief says is investigating the cause of the fire and say they believe it started in the shop area. The Safety Director for West Ag believes the entire building is a total loss.
  • Churches Are Filling Up With "Chreasters"

    Churches Are Filling Up With "Chreasters"

    When Easter and Christmas are near studies show more Americans type the word "church" in their online search engines, hoping to find a nearby holiday service. And local pastors agree more people attend
    When Easter and Christmas are near studies show more Americans type the word "church" in their online search engines, hoping to find a nearby holiday service. And local pastors agree more people attend
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNowAll content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Valley News Live. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.