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This article was published 11/11/2020 (936 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

There is a jewel hidden away in the heart of St. Vital and if you are not aware of this treasure yet, allow me to introduce you…

Dakota Family Foods is a community grocery store at 1099 St. Mary’s Rd. in the Dakota Village Shopping Centre, just north of Beliveau Road.

It’s the kind of place where customers are greeted by name and they know staff members names, or both; I am one of the latter.  The success of this store is based on the staff providing exceptional service and it offers many things you may not see at big box stores, such as:

File photo by Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press 
Dakota Family Foods takes pride in its exceptional customer service.
File photo by Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press Dakota Family Foods takes pride in its exceptional customer service.

• In-store smokehouse meat items, and their own in-house sausages;

• A deli hot case with different daily offerings;

• Approachable butchers willing  to cut to your specifications;

• Locally grown produce when in season;

• Scratch baked goods, made daily;

• Fresh in-house popcorn;

• Nightly full sanitizing and cleaning;

• Delivery options including on-line ordering, phone ordering, and email ordering;

Dakota Family Foods has been owned and managed by Scott Clement since 2005. And here’s where I will turn it over to Scott, in answer to some of my queries.

“Previous to owning/managing DFF, I was a foods service sales representative with a national company working in Ontario. I also sold various food products to restaurants and the health-care industry. Previous to that, I worked in our family’s independent grocery store in East Kildonan.”

It can be easily seen that customer service has been an integral part of Scott’s career in the food industry.  

“We train on the job. New employees shadow established staff for a period of time until we feel they are confident at the position,” Scott said. “At that point, staff will monitor their skills for a period of time until they are able to work independently. Some fresh departments’ positions may entail a new employee taking a food safety course offer by the province.”  

I can provide the answer to one question myself — I’ve asked many of the employees and they do have a lot of students and alumni of Dakota Collegiate in the fold at DFF.

 
I have personally leaned heavily on the staff and managers at DFF because of my recent health issues, especially the excellent delivery service.  

They recently introduced an online ordering component and I have created my account but have yet to try it out. I’m sure that, as is true of all things with Dakota Family Foods, they will knock it out of the park.

Weldon Rinn lives, writes, and enjoys living in St. Vital. He can be reached at weldonrinn2@gmail.com

Weldon Rinn

Weldon Rinn
St. Vital community correspondent

Weldon Rinn lives, writes, and enjoys living in St. Vital. He can be reached at weldonrinn2@gmail.com

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