“I have two jobs for the next month,” said Dan Hamik with a grin.
Hamik will turn over the operation of Fiesta Foods grocery store in Hawarden to Sunshine Foods of Sioux Falls, S.D. as of April 2. For the last few weeks, he has been working his new assignment for Sunshine Foods, of selling Keebler Inc. products to area grocery stores. When the store becomes a Sunshine Foods location it will be Sunshine’s 15th store in the Sioux Falls market. Darin Hill will be the Hawarden store manager.
“People are excited about the new change,” said Hamik one recent morning in between phone calls.
Affiliated foods of Norfolk, Neb., the same supplier of Fiesta Foods since 1973, will continue in that role in April. The Fiesta Foods location will add about 3,000 square feet, said Hamik.
“I’d like to thank the community for all the support over the years,” said Hamik.
Fiesta Foods employs about 35 people, full and part-time.
“In the beginning I talked to them (Sunshine) about becoming part of the ad group. They determined it would be best that Fiesta be owned by Sunshine,” said Hamik. “It will be a very good fit for Hawarden. They are in a lot of small towns and know how to serve them well.”
Hamik commented about life as a grocery store manager.
“A lot of small towns are going to one-store grocery locations due to the freight cost,” he said.
Hamik said he will continue to stay involved in Hawarden. He is part of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and is active in Hawarden Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Glea, is on the Hawarden Regional HealthCare Board of Trustees.
Hamik worked at Affiliated Foods as a meat merchandiser before starting at Fiesta Foods.
Hamik, age 60, is a native of Stewart, Neb. After graduation from high school, he took a course with Nash Finch for two and one-half years on grocery management. He worked in O’Neal, Neb., then Affiliated Foods before Hawarden.
The Hamiks have three children. He previously coached baseball and basketball when his children, Molly, Chad and Brad were growing up.
Hamik has been part of the grocery business for 40 years.
“I plan on seeing the grandkids,” said Hamik of the future.
Sunshine Foods will be welcomed to Hawarden with a ceremony probably in early April at the store by the Chamber of Commerce.
Hawarden Mayor Ric Porter praised the Hamiks contributions to the city over the years.
“Dan and Glea Hamik have been very involved in our community while being business owners of Fiesta Foods. They have contributed their time and talents in many different groups and organizations. I thank them for being good owners and wish them a smooth transition as they sell their business. Our city looks forward to working with the new owners as they become part of the community of Hawarden,” said Hawarden Mayor Ric Porter.
“We appreciate their willingness to expand the store and continue serving the grocery needs of Hawarden and the area,” he said.