Festival Foods® stores in St.Paul and Minneapolis are owned by Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. The fine selection of grocery products and the excellent service you receive as a Festival Food's customer are an important part of the Knowlan’s tradition dating back to the early 1900’s.
Since 2002 we've welcomed customers with the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans and delicious coffee drinks. Join us for a cup at our Dunn Bros coffee houses inside the Andover and Vadnais Heights Festival Foods markets. In White Bear Lake visit the Dunn Bros Grill and Café adjacent to our Festival store. We offer free wireless internet access at each of our Dunn Bros locations.
Knowlan's Super Markets Inc. owns and operates Festival Foods markets in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Our customers experience remarkable service and an incredible selection of grocery products. That's been the Knowlan's tradition for nearly a century.
We provide only the best grocery products, including natural and organic alternatives. Seafood is flown in daily. Festival specialists behind our counters prepare and cut meat and fish to your exact specifications.
Visit our delis and try one of 30 fresh salads prepared each day. Savor our famous Ann E. Lee's Fried Chicken. Enjoy Taste of Scandinavia Bakery® products, made with the finest ingredients by bakers from around the world. Preparing a special meal? Festival's floral departments offer a wide array of fresh flowers, gifts and candles.
You'll find our Festival Foods markets in seven convenient Twin Cities locations; White Bear Lake, Andover, Brooklyn Park, Vadnais Heights, Hugo, Bloomington and Lexington/Circle Pines. We also operate two Knowlan's Markets locations in Maplewood and South St. Paul - please visit www.knowlansmarkets.com for more information. Knowlan's Super Markets has been recognized for outstanding customer service, a fine selection of grocery products and truly modern operations. Shop our Festival Foods stores. See for yourself why our customers just keep coming back.
About Marie Aarthun and Lauri Youngquist
Marie Aarthun, Chairman
Once you meet Marie Aarthun and Lauri Youngquist, you know there's more to their relationship than just being co-workers. In fact they're sisters and they carry that family attitude of teamwork and respect into work with them each and every day. That's why you'll find many associates who've worked for the company for fifteen, even twenty years.
Marie started with the company in 1960 as a part-time cashier. Lauri was a bagger and stocker in her teens. Learning the business from the ground floor has given Lauri and Marie a unique perspective. Both women know the secret recipe for a great grocery store is delicious, fresh food and friendly, helpful employees. Along with their team of over 800 dedicated associates, Marie and Lauri have grown the company into one of the largest independent grocery store chains in the Midwest.
After working her way up through the ranks of the company, Marie bought Knowlan's Super Markets, Inc. from its founder "Wild Bill" Knowlan in 1989. The company has since expanded to include seven Festival Foods, two Knowlan's stores and four Dunn Bros coffeehouses.
Marie studied Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas. She served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Food Retailers, the Minnesota Grocers Association and the Food Marketing Institute. Lauri joined Knowlan's Super Markets Inc. in 1991 as its Controller, later promoted to CFO, Executive Vice President, most recently she was promoted to President and CEO in November of 2009.
Lauri serves on the Food Marketing Institute Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee of FMI, and Editorial Board of Directors of the Minnesota Grocers Association. Before joining Knowlan's Lauri enjoyed a successful career with an educational publisher, studied at Macalester College and the University of St.Thomas.