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From the time Gary Schiel was able to work, he has been involved in the grocery store business. As a high school and college student, he worked almost full time at area grocery stores doing anything that was asked from bagging groceries to stocking grocery store shelves — sometimes even managing new employees. No matter where his educational path took him, the road always led back to the grocery business. When Gary’s family decided to proceed with their dreams of opening a grocery store of their own, he knew that he needed to be involved.

Gary spent months working on the development of loan paperwork, laying the foundation of their own company mission statement, and became so involved that he worked for the construction company contracted to build the store.

When the doors opened to their first store in April of 2000, Gary was there, along with his family, in finally realizing their dream. They then decided to open another store. Just like before, Gary was present to make sure the dream became a reality — from the first shovel of dirt to the first head of lettuce brought to the registers. As Gary did almost 10 years ago with the opening of their first grocery store, he will do anything to make sure his dreams and the dreams of his family are realized on a daily basis.

What do you do in your spare time?

Golf, sports

If you could choose a different profession, what would it be?

A teacher

Who has been the most influential to you professionally?

My uncles, Fred and Frank.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Las Vegas, Nev.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A lawyer

What was your first job?

Insalacos as a bagger

If you could switch places with one person for a day, who would it be and why?

The president because of the amount of responsibility it takes to run the country.

What is your favorite quote?

“He who wants for a dead man’s shoes may long go barefoot.”

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