Tom's Food Markets
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Tom's Brings New Supermarket to Interlochen

Tom's Interlochen MarketRight in the heart of a northern Michigan community that is home to the world-renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, Tom's Food Markets has opened a beautiful new supermarket.  This is Tom's seventh store in the Traverse City area and the newly constructed 40,000 square foot market offers its customers a complete selection of quality meats and seafood, fresh produce and floral, convenient deli and bakery foods, a full line of grocery, dairy and frozen and a sizeable general merchandise area.  Tom's is proud to carry popular Spartan brand products which offer customers a healthy savings over the comparable nation brands.

Christy Kuhnke, President of Tom's Food Markets, comments, "We're especially proud to celebrate the grand opening of our newest Tom's Market located in the growing town of Interlochen.  We plan to offer the community all the products and services they expect from a full-service supermarket.  We cover entertaining needs as well as everyday solutions for mealtime."

Dan Deering, CEO of Tom's Food MarketsDan Deering is currently CEO of Tom's Food Markets and it's his daughter Christy who serves as President.  Dan is no stranger to Spartan Stores.  He has always been a strong supporter of Spartan and served on its Board of Directors for many years.  Being a valued customer of Spartan Stores for 63 years, the family company started in 1946 as Deering's Market and was located at 545 W. 11th Street in Traverse City.  This market was small and specialized in meats.  During its first weeks of business, sales averaged less than $500.00 a week.  In 1953, after several additions and remodels, the market name was changed to "Tom's."  On February 23, 1961, Tom's West Bay was opened.  Seven years later, the location at 14th and Division opened its doors.  That same year the original Deering's Market closed.  Since that time, five more stores have opened--Acme, April 1983; Cherryland, November 1986; Northport, May 1993; the East Bay market in February 1994 and the new Interlochen location, April 2009.

Tom's Food Markets Interlochen Produce DepartmentTom's Food Markets is a dedicated and recognized community leader in the Grand Traverse Area.  They are very active in contributing to local food pantries which, in light of today's trying economic times, is a welcomed gift to those in need in the area.  According to their Mission Statement, the company is committed to creating a shopping environment that customers will enjoy by offering a broad variety of high quality consumer products and superior customer service.  They reward loyal customers with competitive pricing and attractive, clean, safe and accessible markets.  Tom's demonstrates their dedication to their customers and achieves company objectives through associates committed to teamwork and excellence.

Some additional news that Tom's is sharing is that their newest supermarket was built on a 38-acre parcel of land which has been approved by Green Lake Township for future development as Interlochen Marketplace.  Seven phases will take place in the coming years and bring businesses such as a bank, fast food restaurant, specialty shops, maybe even a small hotel to this property.  Christy Kuhnke adds, "As we move forward the possibilities for this planned development will add so much to the area.  We are extremely enthusiastic about bringing both commercial and retail establishments to Interlochen Marketplace as we are confident that it will be a vibrant heartbeat of the town."

Reprinted from the March/April 2009 edition of the Spartan News.