Thousands show for holiday Taste of Ric’s

by BETH ALTENA 

Atticus Brickner, 6, visits with Santa at the holiday Taste of Ric’s held Saturday, Dec. 4.

The holidays never tasted so good, with music, sleigh rides and Santa, too, during the holiday Taste of Ric’s held Saturday, Dec. 4 at Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road in Rockford.

Store director Dave Brickner said the turnout was fantastic with an estimated 4,000 people showing up to sample hot kielbasa and meatballs, fresh produce, tasty deli sandwiches and wraps, and much more. A visit with Santa and plenty of holiday music and activities for children made the day seem like a party.

“I don’t know how it just keeps getting bigger and better, but it does,” said Brickner.

Andy Woodrick, owner of the store, took in the sights and sounds and the busy activity of the day. The store hosts seasonal “Taste” events, but the Christmas theme of the December one found visitors in happy moods.

“This holiday one really seems to have taken off,” Woodrick stated. “It’s nice to see our neighbors.”

Ric’s Food Center is a Michigan family business, offering traditional full-service neighborhood grocery stores. Ric’s has been operating since 1977, when founder Richard Woodrick opened the first store in Mt. Pleasant. Today, under the direction of Richard’s son Andy Woodrick and his wife Monica Reynolds, Ric’s proudly serves the communities of Interlochen, Ithaca, Hemlock, Mount Pleasant and Rockford.

Andy Woodrick, owner of Ric’s, enjoys a sample from the delicatessen. He took over the family business, started by his father, Richard Woodrick,

Rebeka Cutler and Kelsey Collins say they tried “everything” at the Taste of Ric’s.

 

Dorothy and Paul Horvath of Belding say they love attending the Taste of Ric’s events and shopping at the store. “We were here twice. We came in the morning to shop and we came back for this,” Paul said. Dorothy said they are loyal shoppers because they appreciate the friendly employees.

 

John Mikulin, vice president of Ric’s, poses with some festive balloons. He was very generous and allowed the Squire to shoot a second photo after catching him with his eyes closed in the first shot.

 

Troy and Denise Nealy of Rockford have two favorites. Troy liked the crab cake best and Denise said she loved the chipotle sauce she sampled.

A vendor shows off one of Ric’s unique products, Henry Weinhard’s gourmet soda.

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