by BETH ALTENA
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.