What’s this Hoquiam food store’s recipe for success? It begins with the people!

Long-time staff members offer friendly service with big smiles

At Swanson’s Foods in Aberdeen and Hoquiam, you’ll find great deals on fresh produce, meats and dairy and essential products – not unlike what you’d find at a national grocery chain.

So what sets them apart from the larger corporate stores?

“What truly makes us Swanson’s, is our people!” says Swanson’s Foods Operations Manager Lewis Bumstead. “Our staff are a part of the community, and are always happy to assist you with any concerns or help you find what you’re looking for.”

Swanson’s recipe for success starts with a foundation of locally grown produce, high-quality meats and dairy, healthy organic items and a wide variety of other essentials. Then add online shopping with pick-up and delivery, a newsletter to stay informed about coming events and specials, and an app card program to save you money.

Store manager Dave McMicheal has been at Swanson’s Hoquiam location for 32 years.

Store manager Dave McMicheal has been at Swanson’s Hoquiam location for 32 years.

And the main ingredient? The friendly, down-home service provided by the many long-time employees at the Hoquiam location – starting with store manager Dave McMicheal.

McMicheal – who’s been at Swanson’s for 32 years! – graduated as a Bobcat in 1989, and loves fishing, bowling, shooting pool and of course, the Seahawks and Huskies.

Next is deli/bakery Manager Laurie Grah, who’s been at the store for about 16+ years. A 1987 Grizzly graduate, Grah is a crafter who sell wreaths at local events, and enjoys hiking Washington’s state parks and spending time with her family.

Andrew Lawrence, Hoquiam’s meat manager has been with Swanson’s for eight years.

Add Andrew Lawrence, Hoquiam’s meat manager. Lawrence has been with Swanson’s for eight years, and spends his spare time fishing crabbing, playing guitar and raising chickens.

Top it all off with produce manager Albert Leggett, who’ll mark 29 years with Swanson’s in April. Leggett is a family man who graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle, is active with UFCW union local 367, and is also a Huskies fan.

Produce manager Albert Leggett will mark 29 years with Swanson’s in April.

Produce manager Albert Leggett will mark 29 years with Swanson’s in April.

All combined, you get a team that’s connected to the community, and that strives to make the shopping experience a pleasure , with friendly service and big smiles.

“If you have questions about products or just want to chat, our staff are more than willing to take the time,” Bumstead says. “So don’t hesitate to say ‘Hi’ to us the next time you’re in, and let us take care of anything you need!”

Swanson’s Foods is committed to supporting their Grays Harbor communities, and shows it by supporting local schools and athletics.

Learn more on Facebook, call them at 360-532-6120 or visit their website at swansonsfoods.com.

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