Officials from Festival Foods announced it would open its new Tomah location Nov. 10.

The date is two months later than the initial September opening planned by the Onalaska-based grocery chain. Gordy's ceased its Tomah operations Sept. 12.

Festival purchased the Tomah store and two Eau Claire locations from Gordy's Market in July. According to a press release issued by the company Wednesday, the September opening was stalled when Gordy's went into receivership. The release said new agreements have been struck to purchase the three stores and that "Festival Foods is hopeful the court will approve them in the coming days."

“We see the Gordy’s receivership as only a detour in the process to move forward with the purchase of these three stores, and we fully anticipate completing the process,” said Festival Foods president and CEO Mark Skogen.

The company says it has restarted the process of hiring employees for the three locations. The two Eau Claire stores are slated to open Dec. 1.

Gordy's owned the Tomah location for two years after purchasing the building from the Burnstad family, which began the grocery store in 1944.

Festival Foods operates 28 other locations throughout the state. It purchased stores in West Baraboo and Portage from Pierce’s Market in May.


Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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