EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — The former Gordy’s Market locations on Birch Street and North Clairemont Avenue will reopen as Festival Foods on Friday and Dec. 8, respectively.

The locations are two of three that Skogen’s Festival Foods bought after financial struggles forced numerous Gordy’s Market locations to close. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for 11 a.m. on each opening day.

“We are humbled by the incredibly positive response we’ve received to date from residents of the Eau Claire area who are excited about our plans to open new stores here,” Festival Foods President Mark Skogen said in a news release. “We look forward to opening our doors soon.”

The third store Festival Foods bought is in Tomah, which opened Nov. 10. According to the release, the grocery chain now operates 30 locations throughout Wisconsin.

The Birch Street location will offer a new meat service case, salad and soup bar, scratch bakery, wine and spirits department, catering services and an organic section, according to the release.

The North Clairemont Avenue store also will feature a round deli, which is new to Eau Claire customers, said Nina Winistorfer, community involvement specialist at Festival Foods. She said the company hired more than 200 people to work at each location.

According to online city property records, the Birch Street store is smaller than the other two Festival Food locations in Eau Claire. That location is about 65,000 square feet, while the North Clairemont Avenue store is almost 70,000 and the Mall Drive store is 80,000.

“The only difference our guests will notice is the size itself,” Winistorfer said of the smaller Birch Street location. “It will have all the normal departments you’ll see in our other stores.”

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