Fred Teal of Cold Spring-based Teal’s Management, owner of Teal’s Market in Milaca, was inducted into the Minnesota Grocers Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service and exemplary contributions to Minnesota’s food industry.
The award was presented by MGA board chairman Glen Gust and president Jamie Pfuhl at the MGA Annual Conference on July 28 in Brainerd. Teal was introduced to the grocery industry in 1942 when his parents purchased a Red Owl grocery store in Cass Lake.
Teal grew up working in the store. He swept floors, bagged potatoes, stocked shelves and worked for many years as the store’s meat cutter. In 1953 the store was renamed Teal’s Supermarket. He joined his father George as a full-time employee in 1960, and after his father’s retirement, he took over and began purchasing additional stores.
By the early 1990s the family business had expanded to include multiple store locations across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and spanned three generations.
Now in business for more than 70 years, Teal’s Management is entering its fourth generation and has grown from a family company with one store and 20 employees to an operation of 10 stores with 700 employees.
Though retired, Teal continues to guide the family business and enjoys spending time on his cattle farm and hunting. Teal and his wife Connie have been married 56 years and have five children, 12 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.