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Jeff Gamber has been in the grocery business for 38 years, starting at age 14 as a stock boy at Bennet's Market in Mitchell, SD. Bennet's Market was bought by John and Vicki Clarke in 1985 and changed to County Fair Foods. In 1984 Jeff and Annette were married, and in 1989 bought the Watertown location. There are 2 other County Fair Foods in South Dakota. Which are owned by John Clarke. In 1989, Jeff and Annette moved to Watertown and purchased the SuperValu grocery business and made it a part of the Affiliated Foods Midwest Co-op, which warehouses out of Nebraska and services 800 independent grocers with Shurfine/Shurfresh products. Jeff and Annette have been very active in the day-to-day operations of County Fair Foods for the past 25 years. Jeff assumed the position of Store Manager and Annette, as Administrative Assistant and Marketing and Advertising.
Jeff and Annette now operate and own the Watertown location. In 2005, Jeff and Annette bought Roy's Sport Shop, the old building located next to County Fair Foods. They made it into a Banquet Hall which is used for weddings, anniversaries, dances and any event, large or small.
They have four grown sons, Tyler Thuringer, Tyler Gamber, Chris Gamber, and Chad Gamber, in addition to daughter-in-law, Jenny Thuringer, Tyler and Jenny have two children Olivia is 11 and Kamden is two. Two of their four sons are very active in the day-to-day operation of County Fair. Tyler Thuringer is County Fairs Grocery manager and Chris Gamber is County Fairs second Meat Cuttter. They both want to continue to stay involved in the family business. Chad Gamber is a K-9 police officer with the City of Watertown. Tyler Gamber is very active in Disability hunting and fishing programs, and empowering people with disabilities to outdoorsman activities.
Both Jeff and Annette have been active in the Watertown Community, serving on Board of Directors for various organizations and non-profit organizations. And also volunteering their time to many organizations that are important to them as a family.
Jeff has served on the Board of Directors for Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce and was past chairman and board member for the Watertown Urban Renewal Board. Jeff has also been a part of United Way, Junior Achievement and Masonic Temple and past president of the North Eastern Shrine Chapter in Watertown. He is currently serving as a board member for Jenkins Healthcare. Jeff is also a member of NWTF and Wheeling Sportsman, organizations to aid in helping people with disabilities to enjoy sportsmen hunting. Jeff and Annette donate food and time to NWTF to aid in continuing to help individuals with disabilities to hunt.
Annette has served on the Board of Directors for Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Urban Renewal board, and Watertown Community Recreation Center, Junior Achievement and United Way to name a few. She has served the past 8 years on State Boards for advocacy for people with disabilities, serving on PADD council. And was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard, to the Independent Living Council for individuals with disabilities. She is also a graduate of SD Advocacy Partners in Policy making, ( an education in empowering people with disabilities to become self-sufficient is very important to the Gamber’s. Annette also speaks to businesses and non-profit organizations on hiring individuals with disabilities, and what a great experience it can be.
"Being a part of the Watertown Community is very important to our family. We take pride in belonging and being the only locally owned supermarket in the community," the Gamber's replied. "Giving back to the community is an integral part of the store's success."
"We thank all of our associates, past and present, for making County Fair the business it is today. Their hard work and dedication to our loyal customers is one of the reasons County Fair is so successful.
By shopping our store each week:
- You keep your dollars in our local economy
- You help create local jobs
- You nurture our local community
- You help the environment from buying locally
- You invest in local ownership
- You create more choice in shopping
- You utilize the many years of our experience and expertise in food
- You embrace what makes us different from our larger, national competitors
- You make our store a destination — and we appreciate it
- Every week you will find hundreds of specials throughout the store
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