STILLWATER, Minn. — Cub Foods here said Thursday it is launching a month-long celebration of its 45th anniversary in September.

“Cub has been Minnesota’s hometown grocer for multiple generations, and we wanted to find a special way to celebrate our anniversary and thank the community for their support,” said Brian Audette, Cub president. “Over the past 45 years, our employees helped to make Cub a grocery leader, and our more than 5,000 current employees continue that great tradition of service and excellence in our stores today.”


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The chain was founded in 1968 by Stillwater-based brothers Charles and Jack Hooley, brother-in-law Robert Thueson, and friend and business partner Culver Davis Jr. It was one of the first discount food stores in the country, with C-U-B standing for “Consumers United for Buying.”

Throughout September, Cub — a division of Minneapolis-based Supervalu — will be giving away gift cards and other prizes totaling more than $100,000. Each day from Sept. 1 to Sept. 28 at each of Cub’s 67 stores, one customer will be awarded a surprise, instant-win $45 store gift card. Winners will be selected at random and notified daily between Sept. 1 and Sept. 28.

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Cub also is inviting local residents to submit via Facebook a photo or video representing their favorite Cub moment or why they love Cub for a chance to win a year’s worth of free groceries valued at $4,500 in the form of Cub gift cards.

Cub is kicking off its anniversary celebration at the Minnesota State Fair on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, with special events, including a best bagger contests, a meet-and-greet with local growers and other local tie-ins.

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