Bender’s Foods Expands In Fennimore
The Bender's Foods tradition of providing great service, quality products, and small community convenience continues through the generations. Randy Bender, President and CEO of Bender's Foods, grew up in the grocery business with his father, Jake, who was a manager with Randall's Foods for over 30 years, starting in South Dakota and retiring after overseeing an expansion into Iowa with several stores in Dubuque. In 1986, Randy and his wife, Marta Bender, opened the first Bender's Foods grocery store in Denver, IA. With a desire to move closer to family, in 1991, the couple opened a new store in Bellevue, IA, the small Mississippi town where they raised four children—Jacob, Rachel, Megan and Danielle—all who had responsibilities at the store.
In 2002, Bender's Foods expanded the business into the Wisconsin area and opened a store in Fennimore, WI. Continuing business in Iowa, in 2004 a store in Guttenberg, IA was opened. Now with three stores in Iowa and Wisconsin, the next several years were dedicated to remodels and upgrades of the existing stores. Randy and Marta's son, Jacob, followed in his father's footsteps and accepted a Vice President position in the family business and responsibility of the Wisconsin stores. In 2017, an opportunity in Muscoda, WI welcomed the fourth Bender's Foods store; and at the same time, Bender's made a commitment to the Fennimore community to enhance their shopping experience. In 2018, the brand new state of the art Fennimore store opened, which is more than double the size of the original store. The new store in Fennimore, WI is the largest of the four Bender's Foods stores and offers hundreds of additional products and services not found in the other Bender's store locations including Bender's Signature fresh gourmet popcorn and Smoked Meat (both made fresh daily), and Community First banking.
For the past 32 years, community and convenience continues to be the focus of the Bender's Foods stores. Bender's Foods stores offer hot/cold deli services with full salad and dessert bar, several grab and go options, bakery items, cold beer vault—including craft and local beer, a full line of liquor and wine, fresh quality meat and produce, and Best Choice brand products.
Bender's Foods supports local non-profit organizations, gets involved in community events, and donates over $25,000 annually to non-profit organizations and fundraising events to better the community. To learn more about Bender’s Foods visit https://www.bendersfoods.com/.