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Minnesota Grocer Jerry Paulsen Dies At Age 89

Mr. Jerry Paulsen

Jerry Paulsen, the owner of dozens of grocery stores, including Jerry’s Foods in Edina, Minn., has died.

Paulsen died Friday in his sleep at his Edina home at the age of 89, according to his obituary at Legacy.com.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports that Paulsen’s company, Jerry’s Enterprises, owns 37 grocery stores, including Jerry’s in Edina, Eden Prairie and Sanibel Island, Fla., where Paulsen had a winter home.

His grocery holdings also included stores branded as Cub Foods, County Market and Save-A-Lot, which are brands owned by by Eden Prairie-based Supervalu.

Jerry’s Enterprises is planning to open a new grocery store in Woodbury, Minn., but it hasn’t picked a brand for the new store, the Journal reports.

The company, which was founded in 1947, also owns liquor stores, hardware stores, bakeries and print shops. Jerry’s Enterprises employs 3,400 people, the Journal says.

Paulsen graduated from Minneapolis South High School in 1941 and attended the Minneapolis School of Business before serving in the Army during World War II in Belgium and Germany.

He married Shirley Ann Lund in 1946 and worked as a butcher for the Grandview Market in Edina while finishing his business degree at the University of Minnesota.

In 1950, Paulsen opened his first store, Jerry’s Lucky Dollar, near the site of the current Jerry’s Foods in Edina.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.


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