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Encyclopedia > Woodman's Food Market
Woodman's Food Markets
Type Employee-owned
Founded {{{foundation}}}
Location Janesville, WI
Key people Phillip Woodman, CEO
Industry Retail
Products Grocery

Woodman's Food Market is an employee-owned supermarket chain in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, operating ten warehouse stores noted for their wide selection, low prices and no-frills service. Employee-owned corporations are corporations owned in whole or in part by their employees. ... Janesville is a city located in Rock County, Wisconsin. ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Employee-owned corporations are corporations owned in whole or in part by their employees. ... Exterior appearance of typical American supermarket (a Safeway) A supermarket or grocery store is a store that sells a wide variety of food. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 420 km 500 km 17 42°30N to 47°3N 86°49W to 92°54W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 25th 149,998 km² 340 km 629 km 4. ...


The company was founded as a small grocery in Janesville, Wisconsin by Willard Woodman, a meat cutter. Willard's son Phillip expanded the business into supermarkets serving medium-sized cities in the area. Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Photo of downtown Janesville looking south on Main Street Janesville is a city located in Rock County, Wisconsin. ...


Woodman's works on a warehouse model, operating stores in the 200-250,000 square foot range, as opposed to the 50-75,000 square foot size of typical grocery stores. They are therefore able to offer a much wider selection, each store carrying about 70,000 items as opposed to the 15,000 carried by a typical supermarket.[1] A number of items are regional brands not typically found in Wisconsin, and Woodman's carries an impressive array of products from outside the U.S, with the selection in their ethnic foods aisles larger than that of an entire urban ethnic grocery. Most items are stocked on the shelves by employees, but special bulk purchases and other items are sometimes shelved in their shipping cases or stacked in the aisles.


Prices at Woodman's are very low, due to the bulk purchasing model of the company and its attention to overhead. Stores are built with a minimum level of amenities, usually with the cheapest materials available at the time. Shopping carts are of the old square type, with a basket that flips up, bought used from other retailers phasing them out. Older locations look quite dated, with the faux-stucco concrete exteriors and wood-paneled interiors popular in the 1980s. These stores are beginning to be renovated, although work proceeds very slowly because the company prefers not to take on debt. Until recently, Woodman's allowed payment by cash or check only, starting to accept debit cards only in 2004. The net result is that prices are, on average, 10-20% cheaper than their competitors.[2] A shopping cart/trolley A shopping cart (also called a buggy, or a trolley in British English; sometimes referred to as a carriage or shopping carriage in the U.S. region of New England) is a cart supplied by a shop, especially a supermarket, for use by customers inside the... Cash usually refers to money in the form of currency, such as bills or coins. ... The word check has these meanings: In finance, a cheque (spelt check in American English) is an order for transfer of money. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


Of particular renown are Woodman's liquor stores, which are among the largest in the nation. Beer drinkers will find national brands like Miller or Budweiser available at significant discounts, as well as a wide selection of regional craft brews and imports. The wine and liquor selections are comprehensive across a range of price points and styles. However, there are no wine or beer specialists on staff, so navigating the selection can be tricky, and stock is sometimes not rotated quickly enough, especially on slow-selling labels. At a new or newly-renovated Woodman's, the liquor store will be as large as a typical small-town grocery. A selection of bottled beers A selection of cask beers Beer is the worlds most popular alcoholic beverage. ... Miller Brewing is a large American beermaker based in Milwaukee. ... Anheuser-Busch NYSE: BUD, the worlds third largest brewing company in volume after InBev and SABMiller, is based in St. ... Wine is an alcoholic beverage produced by the fermentation of grapes and grape juice. ... Spirits redirects here. ...


Still, there are a few drawbacks to Woodman's business model. Produce, because it is purchased in bulk from the cheapest supplier available at any one time, varies greatly in quality and freshness from one time to another. Other perishable items, such as meat and dairy products, can vary as well. The company's unwillingness to pay processing fees or assess them on their customers means that payment by credit card is not an option. Finally, the sheer size of the store and relatively low staffing can make locating items a challenge, with or without help. Supermarket produce section Produce is a general term for a group of farm-produced goods, generally limited to fruits and vegetables. ... Various meats Meat, in its broadest modern definition, is all animal tissue intended to be used as food. ... Dairy farm near Oxford, New York A dairy is a facility for the extraction and processing of animal milk (mostly from cows, sometimes from buffalo, sheep or goats) and other farm animals, for human consumption. ... Credit cards An array of various credit cards. ...


Locations

Woodman's has ten locations (all are in Wisconsin unless otherwise indicated):

An eleventh store will open in North Aurora, Illinois in May 2006, and a twelfth store in Oak Creek is under development.[3] Outline county map of Wisconsin showing the location of Onalaska Onalaska is a city located in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. ... Appleton is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, on the Fox River. ... Beloit is a city located in Rock County, Wisconsin. ... Kenosha is a city in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. ... Green Bay is the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... View of Carpentersville from the cemetery, 1898 Carpentersville is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Huntley is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois and Kane County, Illinois. ... North Aurora is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Oak Creek is a city located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. ...


 
 

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