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Donna L. Mumford-Stroup
· October 21, 2017
I am so glad that Strack and Van Til is still in business! Its my favorite store. I was so upset when the newspaper said they may close. They have the best pastries and the cakes are so delicious!! No...t too sweet...just right! One of my co-workers where I work at Ingalls Hospital in Illinois even had Strack's make her wedding cake cause they are so good!! See More
Mary Eagan Rudzinski
· February 5, 2018
I like Strack & VanTil, but after moving, and consequently switching from the Schererville store to the Beacon Hill, CP store, I have to say I am not impressed. I love the vast section in Schererville... that had organic/vegan/vegetarian options. The Beacon Hill store has nothing even close to that. Please remedy this!! See More
Brent Ford
· October 11, 2017
I've visited most, if not all of the Stracks stores.
The shopping experience is great, the stores are clean. The deli and bakery is fantastic.
Only suggestion I would have is that the they make their... many catering services more clear on the sales floor. Most people I talk to are not even aware of the holiday meals they can whip up. For about 70 bucks we feed up to 10 guests. There's no mess, no dishes, the food is great and everyone's happy.
From picking up chicken for a day at the Dunes to picking up a fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner for the family at home, they have been absolutely awesome.
There was a scare that another grocery chain might buy them out. I hope they develope a program where the employees can keep Stracks in the future. Nobody outside the Stracks family, except their employees would know how to keep these stores what we all know and love. It's a Strack and VanTil thing.
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Amanda Violet
· September 24, 2017
Prices keep going up. Self check-out was removed. The two Ultra locations we always went to are gone. And the recent POS updates have been a massive pain for employees and customers alike, as employee...s can no longer manually enter in that there's multiples of an item; they have to scan each item individually. Sorry to say, we shop elsewhere when we have to buy a lot of the same item just to ease the load on the poor cashiers.

Plus, the Instacart delivery rollout was handled abysmally. SVT advertised a $20-off promo for orders of $35 or more, but failed to mention that the promo only applied at their East Chicago location. One single location. We had to find out from Instacart customer service why the code wasn't working.
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Lisa Curley
· September 30, 2017
Thank you Stracks for keeping the local brand. The small little changes I keep noticing has me shopping in Stracks on a more consistent basis. The service is better lately, the produce, and some o...f the store arrangement on Broadway. Thank you for keeping it local! See More
Trisha Robrahn
· February 5, 2018
468.

Four hundred and six eight. ...

Try to remember that number while you read this letter.

The last weekend of January, I stopped at your store in Valparaiso, Indiana (#8750). I am from Grand Rapids, MI and was in town visiting family. Between the 2 families, there are 5 children, and we ran out of eggs. I decided to stop at your store to purchase some due to the fact that it was only a couple minutes from where we were. As I approached the egg section, I noticed there was an employee taking eggs off the shelf and placing them into boxes. I asked what was happening to the eggs, and the employee told me that they were being removed because their sell by date was that day, or the day before. In total there were 39 dozen eggs, 16 of them that had that day’s date on them. Now where I’m from our grocery stores will markdown items that have reached their sell by date, on that date. I expressed interest to the employee that I would be interested in purchasing all of them with that day's date on them, after he marked them down. They told me that they were not allowed to mark them down because they had that day's date on them. I asked if I was able to talk with the store manager, and as I asked, the store manager came around the corner. I stopped him and explained the situation as stated above. He told me your store policy is that if the item has today’s date on it, and it hasn’t sold, that you can’t mark it down because it is then “past” the sell by date. I asked what would happen to the eggs and he said they would be thrown away. I asked the question of why they don’t donate them to a local food pantry. He told me because the store didn’t want to be sued or held liable if anyone got sick from eating them. I asked, as a store manager, and as a local business, how throwing away perfectly fine products doesn’t bother him. He informed me that he has been in the industry for over 20 years and he is “immune to it”.

How sad is that?! I can’t even begin to imagine how much food he has seen thrown away in the last 20+ years. In any other business, if an employee saw perfectly good product being thrown away, they would be congratulated for bringing it to someone's attention. But somehow in the food industry across the board, it’s “ok” and “acceptable”. I’m sure most people would be shocked to know how much perfectly good food really gets thrown away. But it happens behind closed doors, so no one talks about it. As a mother and a human being, that makes me sad. As someone who grew up in a family of 6 who relied on food pantries to feed us, it is maddening.

Remember the number 468? That day, at that store, they threw away 468 eggs. That could of been a breakfast for 468 adults and children in your community. I realize too, that those eggs were only the tip of the food waste iceberg. What about the produce department? Bakery? Dairy? This was ONE item, at ONE store, on ONE day.

I’m not sure if your company has ever heard of a law called the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Law. It protects businesses and nonprofits that donate food in good faith, from being held liable if someone got sick. The sad thing about it is that it was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996! 22 years later and we still haven’t made any progress on getting perfectly edible food to the people who need it most. I feel grocery stores, and other businesses alike, are still hiding behind the belief that they can’t donate food because they don’t want to be sued.

This isn’t the part where I start telling you the same statistics that you probably already know.... “40% of food produced is thrown away” and so on and so on. I’m here to share some other statics with you. 3/10 of a mile from this store’s location is Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. A school where 57% of the students that attend there receive reduced or free lunches. Over half the school?! Makes you stop and wonder, when these students are not at school are they eating? Do they know where their next meal is going to come from? Maybe their family relies on a food pantry. Wondering if there’s one close by? Well it just so happens Hilltop Food Pantry is 2.4 miles from this store’s location also. States right on their website “accepts perishable and non-perishable food items.” I don’t think that you would be hard pressed to find an employee at any of your locations who would be more then happy to drop off items at a food pantry verses throwing it in a dumpster. Maybe this pantry would be over the moon excited to work out something with your company, to get the unsold food to their pantry.

I could keep going, but I’m not sure I want to, especially if this falls on deaf ears. Since having 3 children of my own, I’ve tried to instill in them, how to always do the right thing. Like standing up for what you believe, and they can be the good they want to see in the world. I will add that I enjoyed shopping at your store. It was clean, well laid out, and the employees I encountered were nice and genuinely seemed like great people.

Upon exiting your store, I noticed some signs you have on the wall with your company’s Values, Principles, Vision, and Mission statements. I made sure to read them before I left and there were a couple sentences that stood out to me. Part of your Principles states, “We are dedicated to the supporting organization and events that enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve by being good partners, neighbors and friends.” And part of your Values states, “We love what we do and will continue to look for new and exciting ways to better serve our customers and communities.” If these two sentences are true, I want to challenge you:

Be a leader, not a follower!

Be the difference that could change your community forever. I’ve seen on your website that you have, so to say, “put your money (and customer’s money) where your mouth is” by donating money to local organizations. But I’d love to see change at your store, and every other grocery store. Start putting your unsold food into the mouths of the hungry in your neighborhoods. Who knows, by donating this food you could be helping one of your employees? A friend? Or maybe someone in your family?

“Unless someone like you, cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
Dr. Seuss

Thank you for your time!

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Robert Lay III
· August 3, 2017
This place should be closed down. I worked there as a teenager and some of the things they do in order to sell meat that is well past it's experation date is just diatgusting and irresponsible. I guin...uinly hope the Strak family pays for there actions one day. See More
Millie Ellens Schramm
· July 11, 2017
I do like Stracks - I frequent a number of different locations, but mainly the two in Crown Point. I love the small store on Franciscan and they have the very nicest of people working there. But I d...o have one complaint - all the stores have closed their self checks! I loved them! When I mentioned it to the employees, I got a number of different reasons for why they closed them. But I really miss them. I really hope they had good reasons to get rid of them! I know a lot of people are upset. See More
Mary Lawrence
· October 22, 2017
I liked ultra foods in highland much better. The prices were better the customer service was better and the employees were much more friendly. Closing ultra foods was the worst thing that happened. It... was bad for the community it ruined a lot of people's lives. See More
Matt Spicknall
· January 5, 2018
Store still sits vacant and is ruining my neighborhood. Company is awful to work for and fired everyone because of their own business issues. Would not recommend
Marysue Cieslak
· December 15, 2017
Bought our Christmas tree this year at the Schererville stracks, and it has been one of the most beautiful ones yet.
Melanie Kujawa Avenatti
· September 18, 2017
The prices have really gone up. The bulk of my business will go elsewhere from now on.
Ricky Pemberton
· December 14, 2016
These stores have gone to crap lot of items past there expiration date bought some cottage cheese we got one we got at home open it up it was spoiled had mold on it also bought eggs that were not good... the deli sucks in my opinion all the stores are having piss poor management they've got the workers they keep changing workers maybe that's a problem but the management they don't care they're getting their paychecks either way..... See More
Rebekah Ruggles
· July 11, 2017
I grew up in FL which means I grew up in Publix. For those of you that don't know. Publix is the one thing a Floridian misses when they move away.....Strack and Van Til made the transition so much eas...ier! Fantastic stores, we bought our house considering how close a location was to it! :-D See More
Joni-q Sulli
· May 2, 2016
The deli department at the Munster location is absolutely terrible! They sold me the wrong meat, sliced it so thin it shred to pieces when I took it out of the bag and the customer service absolutely ...sucks! When I told the deli worker that the meat I wanted was in the refrigerator she blew me off and said that it wasn't and she'd have to get the meat from the back. I assumed the meat I saw was for display purposes only but nope she just didn't take the time to listen to me and hear what I asked for. Everyone who works in deli seems to hate their jobs and or have bad attitudes. Everything looks rotten and old in the produce section! Save yourself some time and go to the Jewel-Osco in Schererville. See More
Gloria Tylenda
· February 7, 2016
You people make me sick, I cut behind you calumet ave. Valparaiso store to avoid the circle and I just saw four employees throwing away so much food it makes me sick. Why can't you donate it to the po...or before the expiration date. You people would rather throw away food than give it away to someone in need. I shop at your stores every week and I have been poor at one time and how I would have appreciate what you throw out. What a sin, shame on all of you. See More
Kristy Dunn Boezeman
· May 25, 2017
This morning I purchased meat from the Lowell store. I got home to start cooking and found Styrofoam in my ground chuck. I called the store and spoke with Randy in the meat department. He didn't see...m that concerned so I spoke with the assistant grocery manager. I wanted to get the product pulled so others didn't consume it. See More
Tanja Rebar
· June 3, 2016
Of all the grocery stores around I love SVT the best, preferably Schererville. Friendly long time staff, clean store and lots of varieties from organic food isles to sushi bar and now new cafe. I orde...r from you for all my catering needs and shop there on a weekly basis, have been a customer since you were across the street of what is now Dollar Tree. Thank you for your continous deals and coupons, got a bunch of Rachael Ray dishes for free just for shopping with you. And if I'm not in the area I still go to the nearest SVT! Also, the mgmt is always sponsoring events in the area. I love a family grocer that's involved with their community #SVTFan See More
Jamie Lynne Cooper
· September 2, 2017
Have to give the bakery at the Crown Point/Broadway location a shout out. Our daughters birthday cake turned out FABULOUS. We were very impressed. Great job!
Jackie Wood
· July 24, 2017
I am beyond thrilled that Strack & Van Til will remain the owners of this chain! I have loved our beautiful new SVT here in Cedar Lake since the day it opened!!
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