BLACK RIVER FALLS—Hansen’s IGA announced Thursday that it has purchased the Gordy’s Market in Black River Falls on Hwy. A, and that it has plans to retain all employees at the location.

Signs were pointing toward Hansen’s IGA buying the Black River Falls Gordy’s Market ever since they requested and were approved for a liquor license by the city of Black River Falls in August.

Hansen’s IGA purchased the store at a Milwaukee auction of Gordy’s Market properties Monday after a round of bids were taken Sept. 14 to find qualified bidders for the stores.

Chippewa County Judge James Isaacson approved the results of the auction for the Black River Falls store Thursday at the Chippewa County Courthouse. Unlike other properties sold, no objections haven been filed for the Black River Falls location.

“We are completely committed to being a strong, locally run independent grocer in the Black River Falls area,” owner Greg Hansen said. “The Black River Falls location will allow our entire organization to expand and give us the opportunity to provide even more quality products, value, personal service and convenient locations to all customers.”

Transition details are still in the works and an official opening date has yet to be set, but a grand opening event will be announced in the coming weeks.

“The new location has a lot to offer, but our dedication to customer service will remain the same,” said owner Nick Hansen. “This expansion will allow us to serve the citizens of Black River Falls and the surrounding communities with quality products, friendly employees and community involvement.”

Hansen’s IGA locations, including the one in Black River Falls, feature a full-service deli, bakery, grocery, produce and meat departments.

Hansen’s IGA currently has more than 400 employees that operate nine grocery stores within the communities of Bangor, Cashton, Elroy, Mondovi, Neillsville, Sparta, Stanley, West Salem and Westby.

Leo and Rosemary Hansen opened their first grocery store location in 1968 in Bangor. Sons Greg and Nick, in addition to Greg’s wife Kari, are now involved in the day-to-day operations of Hansen’s IGA. The chain was awarded the Wisconsin Grocer of the Year from the Wisconsin Grocery Association in 2008.

Gordy’s operated a location in Tomah for two years before selling it to Festival Foods. The store closed Sept. 12, and Festival is planning to reopen the store Nov. 10.

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