Hansen's IGA, Randy's Neighborhood Market eye area Gordy's Markets

Signs are pointing towards Hansen’s IGA purchasing Gordy’s Market in Black River Falls after Black River Falls approved a liquor license for the grocery chain Tuesday.

Small-town grocers Hansen’s IGA and Randy’s Neighborhood Market may be looking to fill the gap left by cash-strapped grocery chain Gordy’s Market after it announced the closure of three of its locations last week.

According to layoff public notices filed Aug. 23 in Arcadia, Galesville and Black River Falls, the number of closing locations may soon climb.

Public notices indicate Shawn Christiansen, general manager of Gordy’s Black River Falls location, applied for a liquor license on behalf of Hansen’s IGA, headquartered in Bangor.

On Tuesday, the Black River Falls city council approved the license for Hansen’s IGA on the condition that Gordy’s Market would relinquish theirs.

Heather Heineman, general manager for Gordy’s Galesville location, filed for a liquor license on behalf of Arcadia Food Bank Inc. and Galesville Food Bank Inc., both for the purposes of a Randy’s Neighborhood Market, headquartered in Iowa.

Christiansen could not be reached for comment. Heineman declined comment.

A move into the region for the Bangor-based grocery chain wouldn’t be unprecedented. Hansen’s IGA launched its northernmost branch in Stanley in May 2015 and has locations in neighboring Neillsville and Mondovi.

Nick Hansen, co-owner of Hansen’s IGA, declined to comment on acquisitions.

The recent closures were made in response to a lawsuit filled last week by Michigan-based food distributor SpartanNash, which alleged Gordy’s market owed $86 million in unpaid debts.

The same day, Gordy’s shuttered stores in Stanley, Richland Center and Spencer and announced it would be appointing a receiver to assist in the financial restructuring of the company.

To date, Gordy’s has closed six of its locations including one in Chippewa Falls, and two in Eau Claire that were announced prior to filing for receivership.

Gordy’s Market could not be reached for comment.

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Tobias Mann is a reporter with the River Valley Media Group. He can be reached at tobias.mann@lee.net or at 608-791-8216.

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