Chris’ Food Center Takes Over Operations Of Nelson’s In Pine City

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 10:07 am

After watching Nelson’s Market in Mora close earlier this year, Pine City residents have been concerned that the Nelson’s in Pine City was also in danger. Nelson’s had previously closed a location in North Branch as well.

Although the longstanding ownership won’t be in charge any more, Nelson’s isn’t closing it’s doors completely.

Nelson’s Market in Pine City have sold their operations to Chris’ Food Center, a very good grocer based in Sandstone.

Employees inside the store have confirmed the change, which is also announced on the sign outside (Pictured below). Those same employees were appreciative of the change, and reported that all current employees were allowed to keep their jobs.

A quick trip around inside the store will reveal that shelves are being restocked, and items replenished. Chis’ Food Center is known for it’s quality meats and produce, and much of the same is already on display in Pine City.

Craig Thorvig is the President of Chris’ Food Center in Sandstone. Thorvig will also be in charge of this new location, although a final deal between the Nelson’s and the Thorvig’s hasn’t been announced.


  1. pinemom 08/4/11 at 11:36pm

    I am sooooo excited about this…thank the lord we are not strapped to the forever controlling arm of Walmart. Thank You Chris’s and Welcome to Pine City! P.S.please have a self serving water machine so I can fill up my water jugs the wally world one is always dirty and broke.

  2. Pine County Resident 08/10/11 at 11:36am

    Glad to see another building won’t be empty and glad to see that nobody is losing their jobs. Come on community, let’s support our smaller businesses!

  3. pine city consumer 08/19/11 at 2:24pm

    Sometimes the local businesses have to make the correct financial choices as well. Mr. Nelson was in debt up to his eyeballs. He chose the lifestyle he wanted to live, and probably used that store & NB store as his personal ATM machine. His kids had everything they ever wanted… Don’t blame the community- we aren’t responsible for his fiscal decisions.

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