McArthur’s Bakery and Schnucks are giving St. Louis, Missouri, a new reason to smile this holiday season as the bakery’s Smiley Face Cookie Co. cookies are launching into 77 Schnucks stores.
Many who grew up in St. Louis remembers these happy cookies from McArthur’s, which is now creating cookie decorating jobs for local adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities via Lafayette Industries’ StepUp Program.
“Our StepUp team members decorate each oversized butter cookie with great care and truly love their jobs,” said Scott Rinaberger, McArthur’s Bakery owner. “We are happy to bring these special cookies and their job-training mission to a much bigger audience through Schnucks.”
Janell Schleeper, Schnucks bakery category manager, said the grocer is excited to be able to help local companies like McArthur’s and support their mission of helping adults with intellectual disabilities maximize their abilities.
“Each delicious cookie is individually decorated with a smile by a McArthur’s employee, and it warms my heart to think about all the smiles that, together, we will bring to our customers,” she said.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets Inc. is a third- and fourth-generation, family-owned grocery retailer. Schnucks operates 111 stores, serving customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and employs 13,000 teammates.
According to Forbes’ 2020 rankings, Schnucks is the 149th largest privately-owned company in the United States and the 14th largest privately-owned grocer. For more information visit schnucks.com.
St. Louis-based McArthur’s Bakery has been locally owned for 65 years, serving baked goods, pies and cakes. McArthur’s Bakery first began working with Lafayette Industries’ StepUp program clients at its Pioneer Bakery in Kirkwood, which provides foodservice job training opportunities. Order online at mcarthurs.com or visit 3055 Lemay Ferry Road in St. Louis for carryout. For more information, call 314-894-0900.