Woodman’s begins major remodeling project

2014-01-28T00:00:00Z Woodman’s begins major remodeling projectSTEVE CAHALAN For the La Crosse Tribune La Crosse Tribune
January 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

ONALASKA — Work began Monday on what its manager says is the largest remodeling project ever at Woodman’s Food Market in Onalaska, which opened in 1994.

“We expect to have it complete by the end of March,” said Tom Wysocki, who has managed the store since it opened. “It’s a substantial amount of money,” he said of the project’s cost, which he declined to reveal.

The store’s liquor department will expand by about 20 percent in square footage, into the former video rental area. That will result in a major expansion of selection in that department — “especially craft beers and wine,” Wysocki said.

“We’ve had an increase in business (in that department) and want to keep up with what our customers want,” he said.

The project also involves installing a number of five-level freezer cases and refrigerated cases, all with glass doors, which will increase selection in other departments.

A sushi counter will be installed next to the deli counter in the meat department. And the meat department will increase its selection of frozen, ready-to-eat meals.

There will be a major increase in the store’s selection of both refrigerated and nonrefrigerated natural and organic products, Wysocki said. Woodman’s also will expand its selection of Greek yogurt, ethnic dairy products and frozen gluten-free products, he said.

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  1. Deadwood subscriber
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    Deadwood subscriber - January 28, 2014 3:50 pm
    The organic produce selection at PFC is the best in area, bar none.

    Poor selection is a red herring: you could fit 10 PFCs in Woodmans!

    But yes, the poor wages at PFC are an abomination.
  2. snow_informer
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    snow_informer - January 28, 2014 3:22 pm
    Another big Woodman's fan here! I love their organic selection because they have great prices. Most things will be $1 or more cheaper than at the co-op. I like the co-op too, because they have good prices when strawberries are in season, for example. The only thing I get at Festival is coupon item toilet paper. Otherwise, They are about $2 more than Woodman's on a lot of things. I am happy to hear Woodman's is expanding their Greek yogurt selections, as this is one of my favorite things to get at Woody's.
  3. citygirl
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    citygirl - January 28, 2014 2:50 pm
    yah, Woodmans really gets it. The Peoples Food Coop has such high prices, poor selection and they pay the workers such low wages that they are eligible for Medicaid and Foodstamps.
  4. maki
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    maki - January 28, 2014 11:03 am
    Woodman's is the best grocery store in the area, although they could do better on the gluten free items but even so, they are better than the People's Food Co-op for gluten-free. Also, Woodman's pays their employees a decent wage with profit-sharing. The workers out there are nice and helpful too.
  5. Tinyshell
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    Tinyshell - January 28, 2014 6:40 am
    I agree common-cents. Woodmans has the best selection and prices hands down!
  6. common-cents
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    common-cents - January 27, 2014 3:14 pm
    I love it....please expand your selections more.

    WOODMANS has the best prices around. You can save 20%
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