County Fair Food Store has evolved from a long, progressive history and continually seeks to grow and prosper. From 1940, when James and Myrtle Clarke opened Jim's Foods, to today, with four County Fair Food Stores in two states and approximately 350 associates, new sites for County Fair Food Stores will continue to be researched. Currently, the founding family owns and operates a total of fifteen food stores in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kansas and Iowa.
County Fair Food Store believes in the philosophy, 'When a community gives to you, you need to give back to your community,' so they support a variety of charities, projects, and causes, including United Way, Grocer's Fight Cancer, Junior Achievement, Youth Soccer, Hockey, Baseball, and scholarships for their young associates. According to John Clarke, company president, "The growth of County Fair is a tribute to the men and women who have helped make County Fair Food Stores the high quality, exemplary service retail establishments they are today. At County Fair, we feel that our most important asset is our people. People make companies successful. We feel that a good group of people working as a team is the secret to our success."
James and Myrtle Clarke open Jim's Foods, providing fresh groceries, meats and market products to the people of Central City, Nebraska
After graduating from the University of Nebraska, John Clarke, son of James and Myrtle Clarke and President of County Fair Food Stores, joins two of his brothers in the grocery business
A new Jim's Foods is built in Central City, Nebraska, three times the size of the previous one
Bennett's Market of Mitchell, South Dakota is purchased to become the first County Fair Food Store
Jim Stewart joins County Fair as the Store manager in Mitchell
County Fair Food Store of Mitchell undergoes its fifth addition, bringing the total square footage to 38,000
County Fair food and Fuel opens in Mitchell
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