Our parents Elwood and Rosella McGinnis opened a small produce stand in Baldwin Borough on Christmas Eve in 1946. As the business grew, Elwood borrowed money from his mother to expand across the street to a 2500 sq. ft. building. During the next 30 years, the store developed into a well-known grocery store, with high standards for quality, competitive pricing and excellent service.
The store provided well for the eight McGinnis children who spent their early years in the playpen behind the cash register. Before long we began working in the family store ringing the cash register, stacking pop bottles, and later making sausages, cutting steaks and stocking produce and groceries.
In the 1970's expansion led to additional locations and in 1981 the three daughters, Bonnie McGinnis Vello, Sharon McGinnis Young and Noreen McGinnis Campbell, assumed ownership of the company. Elwood continued to "help out" in the produce department well into his '80's, arriving every morning at 6:00 AM.
The sisters believe that they were taught well from an early age through hands on experience, as well as strong exposure to the principles of fiscal soundness, ongoing education, and respect for team members and customers.
The spirit of family also includes each team member, many of whom have enjoyed a successful career at McGinnis Sisters. Team members enjoy a wealth of benefits such as excellent health and welfare plans, as well as a profit sharing plan that does not require a matching contribution by the team member. Stores are closed in the evening to ensure that team members get home to their families at a reasonable hour.
McGinnis Sisters have carried on their father's traditions by donating their time and financial support to hundreds of local charities, women's groups and organizations, such as the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Western Pennsylvania Minority Junior Golf Association and Angel's Place.
The McGinnis Sisters believe that commitment to family, team members, community, and the business have caused them to be successful in an industry dominated by a few giants. Each year we receive hundreds of requests to open new stores in and around the Pittsburgh areas. Some requests even come from folks out of state.
Currently, we are navigating the process of moving from a second generation family business to a third generation family business. Each of our children grew up working in the business during the summer and over school breaks. Many are now out of college and learning the lessons of business and life.
In early 2003 we welcomed our first member of the third generation back into the business full time. Jennifer Daurora, Bonnie's daughter, joined our team to work on our strategic growth initiatives. Jennifer is also helping our 64 year old business connect to a new generation of McGinnis customers. In late 2008 we welcomed another McGinnis family member, Megan McGinnis, niece of Bonnie, Sharon and Noreen. Megan is working on our workplace development for the larger McGinnis Team.
In 2008 we opened our newest location in Adams Township in Butler County. This expansion marks a great occasion in McGinnis Family history. This year we invite you to join us as we celebrate 64 years of family and great tasting food.
In 2010 we were pleased to welcome back another member of our third generation to the business. Max Young, Sharon's son, joined our team at our Monroeville location as Store Team Leader. Max has brought his enthusiasm and passion great food to our Monroeville team.