Hometown

HomeTown Pharmacy expands its specialty care division with HomeTown Infusion Services,

bringing exceptional care into patients’ homes.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

HomeTown Pharmacy is known for providing high-touch customer service and recently expanded its services to include HomeTown Infusion, which allows patients with healthcare needs to maintain their dignity and independence at home. “We could see the market moving in a direction where that high-touch, high level of patient care will be valuable to payers and patients, and it was a market we were not in yet, so it allowed us to expand our specialty offerings,” President Jonathan Grice says.

Lovesac

Lovesac has become one of the fastest-growing furniture retailers,

offering an ‘alternative to boring furniture.’

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

At one point, nobody wanted to be associated with a company called “Lovesac.” Big-name furniture retailers didn’t know what it was. It sounded weird. Perhaps even a little risqué. “None of the furniture retailers wanted anything to do with us,” remembers Shawn Nelson, Lovesac’s founder and CEO. “So, we opened a small storefront at a mall in Salt Lake City and hoped people wouldn’t laugh at us.”

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Family-owned Hartig Drug Company celebrates its 115th anniversary and plans for the future.

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Smaller towns in America have a gentler culture. They’re different from the hustle and bustle of big cities. They’re close-knit communities where co-workers attend church together on Sundays – a place where everyone knows everyone and people help each other through life’s struggles.

One community that fits this bill is Dubuque, Iowa – at least according to Charlie Hartig, CEO of Hartig Drug Company, which is based in Dubuque.

Tresierras

The Tresierras family takes pride in the high level of quality and service at its supermarkets, and it plans to continue this by investing in its stores.

By Staci Davidson, Knighthouse Media

Family-owned and operated since 1944, Tresierras Supermarkets has been Southern California’s destination for top-quality meats and seafood, fresh produce, freshly-made tortilla products, hand-made salsas, authentic home-style Mexican food and baked goods, and an incredible selection of unique Latino grocery products and exceptional customer service.

Tresierras Supermarkets is not only the first store in the Western United States to position itself for the Latino consumer, but it has maintained this position for 75 years, and was the first operation to form a supermarket chain to meet the needs of the Latino market. Based on the values of “calidad, variedad, servicio and conveniencia” (quality, variety, service and convenience), Tresierras Supermarkets operates three full-service supermarkets in the Ventura and Los Angeles counties of California, and does so with a dedication to the family.

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Di Bruno Bros. celebrates its 80th anniversary and unveils plans for further growth.

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Philadelphia is a vibrant city where local food culture has a voice. It crosses ethnic and social backgrounds, enabling its residents to build a shared culture around food. “We’re a blue-collar city that appreciates good food, sports and history,” says Bill Mignucci Jr., president and CEO of Di Bruno Bros., a specialty food retailer with deep roots in Philadelphia.

AmericasThrift

America’s Thrift Stores’ vast distribution network offers consumers a new selection of items

every time they shop, which equals consistent growth for the company.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

There is no denying e-commerce has drastically changed the retail landscape, but America’s Thrift Stores is proving the importance of brick-and-mortar locations in its segment as the company continues to enjoy significant same-store sales growth. “We are exceptionally healthy and enjoying our ninth quarter in a row of overall comp store sales growth with a minimum of 10-plus stores growing and it’s our third quarter in a row of every single one of our 17 stores growing,” President and CEO Ken Sobaski says. “We are on a roll and we are doing all of it without any online transactions.”

Turco

New York-based Turco’s offers its customers what its competitors can’t.

By Kat Zeman

With a vast array of specialty departments, Turco’s is more than a full-service grocery store. Specializing in prepared foods, the Yorktown Heights, N.Y. food market has worked its way into the hearts and stomachs of locals far and wide.

Turco’s makes its own sausage, smokes its own salmon, bakes its own bread, makes its own pasta and sauces and offers homemade soup – to name only a few delightful deeds. “Not everyone can do what we do,” says Preston Turcos, president and founder. “You want good food, you go to Turco’s. There’s a big difference between outsourcing your products and making then fresh every day.”

Lewis

After more than 75 years in business, Lewis Stores remains competitive with a strong team,

ties to its communities and a large offering of products.

By Staci Davidson, Knighthouse Media

The e-commerce behemoths offer the market convenience. Consumers go online, place an order with their retailer of choice, and a day or so later, a package arrives. We all know, however, it’s not always that simple, and issues can be difficult to resolve. Lewis Stores also offers convenience, but with its 59 brick-and-mortar locations in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, the local retailer offers a lot more than its online counterparts, which is why the company has adopted “your first stop” as its tagline.

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