Johanneson’s enterprise celebrates 80 years in business | Bemidji Pioneer

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Today, it’s a multi-faceted enterprise that is celebrating its 80th anniversary with more than 800 employees doing business in three Midwestern states. And those employees will soon have an opportunity to become the company’s owners. Johanneson’s Inc. has its headquarters in Bemidji. The company includes Marketplace Foods in Bemidji and four Marketplace stores in Minot, N.D., with four liquor stores and three gas and convenience stores in Minot as well. It also operates five KJ’s Fresh Market stores in Moose Lake, Minn. and Wisconsin. Related companies, including Pace Development and Icelandic Properties, which are involved in real estate and residential development projects, also are under the Johanneson’s umbrella. Keith Johanneson, CEO of the company, said his late father, John, would not recognize what has become of the business that started 80 years ago. “I think he would be rather shocked,” Keith said, “because I think his dreams were realized when he built his first store, Super John’s, here in Bemidji (in 1962). That was the platform for the whole company to grow. But I think if he saw the size of the facilities and the technology we’re using and the presentation of food, he’d …

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