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This profile was last updated on 6/3/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

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Local Address: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
Piggly Wiggly Midwest
 
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New Supermarket takes former KMart > Rock County Development Alliance
www.rockcountyalliance.com, 3 June 2013 [cached]
"We are excited to bring Piggly Wiggly to Beloit," said Paul Butera, owner of Piggly Wiggly Midwest.
About Us | Piggly Wiggly
www.shopthepig.com, 19 Aug 2012 [cached]
Then, in late February 2006, the new Company went from being a publicly held to a privately held company when Paul Butera, the Chairman of the Chicagoland grocery cooperative Certified Grocer's Midwest, Inc. led a group of Certified members in forming "Certifresh Holdings, Inc. to acquire the Company. That same year, Piggly Wiggly launched Pig Points, the exciting fuel discounts program that allows customers to pay as little as one cent per gallon of gas. Customers earn fuel discounts by using their Piggly Wiggly Preferred Club Card when purchasing any of the thousands specially-marked Pig Points products throughout participating Piggly Wiggly stores. Fuel discounts can be redeemed at participating fuel partners.
In September of 2007, approximately 18 months after the Certifresh acquisition took the Company private, Paul Butera joined by members of his family purchased the Company from Certifresh. Paul Butera, a Chicagoland grocer since opening his first store in 1962, brought his experience and knowledge as the owner/operator of "Butera Market," one of Chicagoland's oldest and largest independent grocery chains, to Sheboygan, WI. With the help of the Piggly Wiggly team of officers, supervisors, management and store personnel, he applied his skills in buying, advertising, marketing, store designing and layout planning to all facets of the business and embarked upon an aggressive advertising and expansion campaign.
New Fresh Brands Owners to Keep Hqts., Stores Intact
www.progressivegrocer.com, 2 Mar 2006 [cached]
"We are looking to grow the company," said Paul Butera, chairman of Certifresh Holdings Inc. -- a holding company created by Certified Grocers Midwest Inc. for the acquisition of Fresh Brands, in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Butera added that he was upset by speculation that Certifresh would spin off the acquired Piggly Wiggly and Dick's stores because it is a food wholesaler.
Butera added that Certifresh had asked Fresh Brands to put on hold plans to close two underperforming corporate stores in 2006."They may not be making money at this time, but that doesn't mean they're not good stores," said Butera.
Certifresh plans to expand the former Fresh Brands chain with new stores between here and Chicago, either through acquisition or by building stores.Butera said improving the deli and produce departments are top priorities for Certifresh's newly acquired stores.
"Our goal is to make them bigger and better," said Butera, who also owns 10 Butera Markets in northern Illinois."We're not happy with the deli.Ours are twice the size."Fresh Brands' new owners also want to offer lower prices on fresh produce, he added.
On Sept. 28 shareholders approved the ...
www.progressivegrocer.com, 3 Oct 2007 [cached]
On Sept. 28 shareholders approved the sale of Certifresh Holdings, Inc. to a newly created entity led by Paul Butera.With this vote, the Butera family will acquire complete control of the company, from their previously held ownership position of about 15 percent.Paul Butera will be joined on this venture by several members of his family who have also grown up in the grocery business.
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Butera already serves as c.e.o. and chairman of the board for Fresh Brands, Inc., as well as chairman of both Certified Grocers Midwest and the Butera Market chain of 10 stores, headquartered in Elgin, Ill. With this acquisition, the Butera family will own 36 stores, surpassing the 27 local store sites operating under the Butera Finer Foods banner in the early 1980s.With the inclusion of the franchised stores, Butera will oversee the operation of more than 100 stores.
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Also in 2008, Paul Butera, ...
www.ufcw1473.org [cached]
Also in 2008, Paul Butera, owner of Fresh Brands (a chain of 11 Piggly Wiggly stores in Wisconsin in: Oshkosh, Menasha, Appleton, Sheboygan, Racine and Kenosha) continued to pressure his workers by not bargaining in good faith with the Union throughout the year. Mr. Butera, who purchased the company in October of 2007, would like to give fringe benefits to a handful of employees who "carry the keys" so to speak and leave everyone else behind. This would mean for everyone else who works in his stores they would receive: no health insurance, pension, vacation, funeral leave or Sunday and holiday pay. As you read this paper, Local 1473 filed charges with the NLRB against Fresh Brands on behalf of the members in Kenosha, Racine, Appleton and Menasha for not bargaining in good faith. What Mr. Butera does not understand, and he needs to, is that those workers he wants to leave behind built the company.
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