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Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. this week bowed its newest and most complete supermarket in Manitowoc, Wis. via a 60,000-plus square-foot Copps store at 3300 Calumet Ave., which replaces the former store location at 3415 Custer St. The new state-of-the-art store features more choices across all departments and energy efficient lighting, according to Vivian King, director of public affairs at Roundy's, who presided at the ribbon-cutting festivities, along with store and local officials.
The grand opening party at the new Copps store had a "Summer Fun in the Sun" theme and included food sampling, face painting, a chance to win prizes and music by the Roncalli High School Jazz Choir and Dante's Bop Band. It also gave Manitowoc leaders and area residents a chance to see all that the new store has to offer: a sushi bar, fresh sandwiches, salad and olive bars, an expanded fresh produce department, a bulk foods department, a new from-scratch bakery, an outdoor grilling area with seating, a drive-through pharmacy, a wine and spirits department, and full-service meat, seafood, deli and floral departments.
During the grand opening ceremonies, King and store director Lane Landon presented $2,500 to the Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center. "Fighting domestic violence is a key concern at Roundy's, and we are proud to support the Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center," said Robert Mariano, Roundy's chairman/c.e.o.
Roundy's operates 153 retail grocery stores under the Pick 'n Save, Copps, Rainbow, and Metro Market banners in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
In other news, Roundy's Foundation hosted a special celebration at the Pick 'n Save in Wauwatosa to award $46,500 in grants to six nonprofit agencies serving Milwaukee County. The celebration featured a healthy cooking demonstration conducted by The Fondy Food Center, one of the organizations receiving a grant.
Young Kim, executive director of The Fondy Food Center, tossed up a spicy cucumber salad, a healthy dish consisting of ingredients whose costs added up to only 98 cents. Kim is the host of The Fondy Food Center's "Taste of the Season" television show, which airs on MATA Community Media. The goal of the show and the center is to provide low-income families living on Milwaukee's near north side with ideas for healthy and affordable meals. The Fondy Food Center received a $15,000 grant from the Roundy's Foundation.
Roundy's Foundation administrator, Connie Jones, presented the Sojourner Truth House with $10,000. The Sojourner Truth House provides shelter, safety, support, education and advocacy to break the cycle of family violence. It has been doing so for 30 years.
The United Community Center received $10,000 for its literacy program for K-3 students at Bruce Guadalupe School. The UCC's mission is to provide programs to Hispanics and residents of Milwaukee's near south side.
Lighthouse Youth Center received $5,000 in Pick 'n Save gift cards for its meal program. The Lighthouse youth center has a mission of being a beacon for Christ to the youth of the community. This is done through mentoring, tutoring, hot meals, and other programs.
Literacy Services of Wisconsin received $5,000 for its adult literacy education. Its mission is to provide literacy education to motivated adults through volunteers and research-based curricula.
Hales Corners Lutheran Church received $1,500 in gift cards for its Soup for the Soul meal program. The program serves residents and homeless near the South 35th Street site.
Chartered in August 2003, the Roundy's Foundation was created to further strengthen the commitment Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. has to the communities it serves.