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Breu is new Runnings manager

Grausam becomes district general manager

March 2, 2009
By Fritz Busch Journal Staff Writer

NEW ULM - Toni Breu of New Ulm became the new store manager at Runnings Farm & Fleet in February.

Breu began working at the store as a part-time cashier in 1987. She has been assistant manager at the store since 1990.

No major changes are planned for the New Ulm store, but customer service will remain a top priority.

Article Photos

Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Toni Breu, left, is the new store manager at Runnings Farm & Fleet, 1615 N. State St. John “Jack” Grausam, right, is Runnings new district general manager for eight stores.

Breu called Runnings a "very stable company with great staff and management."

The New Ulm Runnings store is located at 1615 N. State St.

"Toni is the manager. It's her store, her show now," said New Ulmite John "Jack" Grausam who is Runnings new district general manager for southern Minnesota stores in New Ulm, Springfield, Redwood Falls, Hutchinson, Windom, Marshall, Worthington and Red Wing.

Grausam began working at the Runnings store in Springfield in 1974. He's been at New Ulm Runnings store for 30 years, 27 years as its store manager.

He praised the company and Breu for her 22 years of service at the New Ulm store.

"She's been very good," said Grausam.

"People ask us how to explain how we keep going like this, but we keep on doing well in all economic conditions. We've got excellent managers and a good economic base. We'll stay focused on doing the best we can for customers and staff."

Grausam added he's looking forward to his new job and working with Runnings "quality" managers.

He'll do updates, administration and sharing new information at eight Runnings stores while maintaining an office in the New Ulm store and staffing it several days a month.

Based in Marshall, Runnings stores are affiliates with Do-It Best Hardware and Mid-States Distributing.

Recently opening its 30th store in Glendive, Mont., Runnings sells farm supplies and parts, livestock equipment, hunting and fish gear, small appliances, housewares, automotive goods, plumbing, electrical, apparel, hardware, lawn and garden supplies, paint, pet supplies, sporting goods and tools in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.



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