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Cub Foods set to celebrate its 45th anniversary

To commemorate its landmark 45th anniversary, Cub, a division of SUPERVALU Inc., will give away more than $100,000 in gift cards and other prizes as part of a month-long celebration 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,” Brian Audette, Cub president, said in a press release. “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.”

Cub Foods, one of the first discount food stores in the United States, was founded in 1968 by Stillwater, MN-based brothers Charles and Jack Hooley, brother-in-law Robert Thueson, and friend and business partner Culver Davis Jr.

In addition to daily gift card prizes at each of Cub’s 67 stores, the company will have a Facebook contest, in which local residents are invited to submit 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 with special events, including meet-and-greets with local growers, giveaways, musical entertainment and autograph sessions with former Twins first-baseman Gene Larkin and former Vikings defensive-end (Benchwarmer Bob) Lurtsema.

At the state fair, Cub will also be presented with Second Harvest Heartland's 2013 Hunger Action Hero Green Award for donating more than 7 million pounds of fresh food and for Cub’s ongoing support of the organization’s hunger-relief efforts.