With the tagline “close to home,” Facemire Foodland’s stores demonstrate that its primary commitment is to remaining a key figure in the communities in which it operates, as well as supporting local endeavors and organizations. The West Virginia-based group of independently owned and operated grocery stores remains dedicated to meeting its customers needs and providing the best value.

“Foodland stores are locally owned and operated, dedicated members of the communities we serve and always close to home,” the company says. “So whether customers have just moved in or they have grown up in the area, they’ll feel like family in our stores.”

Facemire Foodland owns and operates seven full-line grocery stores in the area around its home base of Gassaway, W.V. The company maintains an emphasis on quality meats and fresh produce in its stores, and also operates a trucking company with its own fleet of tractor-trailers.

“Our meat departments offer USDA Angus beef and USDA government-inspected pork,” the company says. “Meat is cut fresh daily and we also grind our own beef fresh daily. We offer the freshest produce for families, as well as fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and fruit baskets made-to-order as soon as customers need them.”

One of Foodland’s key brands is Maplewood deli meats and cheeses for lunches and snacks, and the stores offer party trays and shrimp rings. Each store’s bakery features gourmet and decorated cakes.

“We offer tools throughout our store that will help customers save money and get everything they need,” the company says. “Our Compare and Save program helps customers find the best values for their money -- comparing our high-quality store brand items to national brands so customers can make the best choice for their families. Our Red Tag Savings help customers save on thousands of items every day -- the red arrows point to great savings on our shelf. Dollar Smart gives customers extra savings on everyday items, too -- [items that are] only a dollar.”

The company notes that it has a 38-year relationship with Supervalu, which helps it maintain low prices for its customers. Foodland does a lot of direct buys with Supervalu, using Supervalu’s buying power to keep prices low.

Supporting Students

In addition to its chain of quality grocery stores, one of the main ways Foodland supports its local communities is through its scholarship program. This helps high school students defray the cost of starting their post-secondary education. Each Foodland location provides a deserving student from its community a $1,000 scholarship annually. More than $200,000 in scholarships has been awarded to date.

“The Foodland Scholarship Program is underwritten by the independent owners of Foodland Supermarkets and Supervalu Inc.,” the company says. “It is through this scholarship program that Foodland recognizes the commitment of high school students to their education and communities.”

To be eligible for the scholarship program, a student must:

  • Be a senior in high school;
  • Be planning to enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in the United States;
  • Have maintained at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; and
  • Be a full-time resident of the Foodland marketing area, which includes retailers in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

“Students must complete the application and submit it by the deadline of March 1 each year,” the company says. “Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, it is important to answer each question as completely as possible. All information submitted is confidential and will be reviewed by Foodland’s Scholarship Committee. These scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, age, religion, creed, sex, disability or national origin.”