Progressive Grocer Independent

APR 2016

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2 ISSUE 1, VOL. 5 Advertorial WWW.SAVE-A-LOT.COM/OWN PHOTOS BY A&M PHOTOGRAPHY A BOND OF BROTHERS The Freeman brothers are no strangers to togetherness. From left: Tom, Tim and Paul Freeman say partnering with Save-A-Lot gives them a competitive edge. As teenagers, they all bagged groceries, stocked shelves and sorted bottles in the family's Gaylord, Mich., grocery store. As young men, they all earned the same degree (business management) from the same college (Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.). So in 1999, when they went into business together as Save-A-Lot own- ers and operators, well, it just seemed like the way things should be. The third-generation grocers started out by creating Freeman Family Enter- prises and purchased Save-A-Lot stores in Alpena, Cadillac and Tawas, Mich., from their family's business, Glen's Markets. Today the broth- ers—company president Tim Freeman, vice president Tom Freeman and chief fnancial offcer Paul Freeman—operate 24 Save-A-Lots throughout Michigan, with their newest store opening in February 2016 in Rogers Save-A-Lot Store Snapshot OPERATOR: Freeman Family Enterprises NUMBER OF STORES: 24 LOCATIONS: Michigan FIRST STORE OPENING: December 1999

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