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Grocers Recognize Jim Hoiness, Rush Foods, Inc.


Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jim Hoiness, President and co-owner of Rush Foods, Inc., Rushford, Minn. was honored by the Minnesota Grocers Association with its 2013 Outstanding Grocer Award. This award is presented annually to a grocer who has successfully developed a company and is respected by industry peers. Additionally, the recipient must demonstrate contributions to the industry in the areas of government affairs, community service, and involvement in the MGA. The award was presented on July 28, 2013 at the MGA Annual Conference in Brainerd, Minn., which was attended by over 400 of Hoiness’ peers.

For more than 40 years Hoiness has been a grocery retailer and leader within the community. He began work in the industry at JCPenny’s in Winona, Minn. in the early 1970’s, and quickly became manager of Rushford IGA in 1973. After many years as a partner, he purchased the company in 1997. Rush Foods, Inc. began in 1969 with Rushford IGA, followed by Harmony IGA in 1975, and Preston IGA in 1999.

In 2007, a flash flood left up to four feet of water in almost every business in Rushford, including Rushford IGA. Jim was key to the recovery of the business community and provided hope for local residents to rebuild with his resolve and determination to open the store. Jim epitomizes the definition of hometown grocer – a true champion for his community.

Hoiness has a vision for the industry and has been an exceptional supporter of the Minnesota Grocers Association and his hometown organizations. He sits on various boards, including Ace Communications, Rushford State Bank, Community Economic Development Associates, Grace Place, and First Presbyterian Church.

Hoiness has an entrepreneurial spirit and a positive attitude that exemplifies what it means to be a grocer. He leads by example, demands just as much out of himself as he does of others, and is respected by his peers. All of these traits and accomplishments exemplify why Hoiness is the 2013 MGA Outstanding Grocer.

Hoiness and his wife Gayle live in Rushford. The couple has four sons and nine grandchildren.

The MGA is a state trade association representing the food industry since 1897. We have over 200 retail members with nearly 1,100 stores statewide, as well as approximately 100 distributors and manufacturers. Our member companies employ over 125,000 union and non-union Minnesotans. We actively advance the common interest of all those engaged in any aspect of the food industry as a leader and advocate in government affairs.

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