submits winning bid on STC Eagle
...Butera's chief executive and founder, Paul Butera Sr., stressed Tuesday that he hopes to have the three new stores open this autumn, assuming he gains U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval of the auction results on Sept. 11.
The latest of the reopenings will be by late November or early December, Butera
said, although he
has not said which of his
three new stores will be opened first.
...Paul Butera Sr. is the vice chairman of, and a shareholder in, Hodgkins-based Certified Grocers Midwest Inc.
When Butera Sr. opted some years ago to scale back because of retirement, the chain was reduced in size, to the point that it has five stores today - in Elgin, Roselle, Des Plaines, Norridge and Harwood Heights.But with two of his
sons now joining him in business, Butera
gradually has been building up the number of sites again.Butera
said a recent industry study has identified Butera
as the low-priced leader among grocers in the metro Chicago market.He
said employees of his
voted a few years ago to decertify themselves as union employees and now are not represented by a union.Butera Sr. said his
employees decided then "that what's good for them is not to be part of organized labor any more."