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Tanka Spotlight: Super Bear Supermarket
By Jenice Johnson, marketing and communications manager

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Since our launch in October 2007 we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers we decided we needed to share their unique stories. If you'd like to be featured, or if you'd like to nominate a Tanka retailer for a story, please contact Jenice Johnson at

RETAILER: Super Bear Supermarket

LOCATION: 9103 Mendenhall Mall Rd, Juneau, AK 99801, 907-789-0173

OWNER: Charlie Robinson

PERSON INTERVIEWED: Sam Hobbs, store manager

Super Bear is a locally-owned, full service grocery store with a sweet view of the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. It's been around for about 30 years and has had the same owners from the start. How did it get the name? At the very beginning the owners did a local poll and Super Bear was what won.


Tanka Bar: What makes your business special?

Sam Hobbs: We offer great customer service and have a good produce and meat department. All of our seafood is fresh and local.

TB: Can you tell me something fun or interesting about your community/town?

SH: We have good hunting and great fishing plus you can see the Mendenhall Glacier from our store.

TB: Are there any other interesting comments you would want to add about your business?

SH: Juneau is very unique -- it's landlocked and you can only get there by ferry or float plane. There's wildlife and scenery and, of course, the glacier. If you like outdoors, it's an awesome place but you can't mind rain. It rains a lot, which is the biggest drawback. We get snow but not as much as we used to.


* Super Bear learned about Tanka Bar through UNFI, one of our brokers, and recently ordered two more shippers because Tanka sales are doing really well at the store.

* Eagle Crest, a local ski resort, recorded low snow conditions this season.

* "Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people have lived in Southeast Alaska for thousands of years. The Tlingits are the most numerous of the three in Juneau and the northern panhandle. Though languages differ, the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian (sim-shee-an) share common art, ceremonies, and legends - all of which have been shaped by the land and sea. Descendents of the Tlingit and others from this region are prominent in the social and political fabric of modern-day Juneau." -- From

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