Our History

Family Grocery Business Spans Five Generations

Our roots date back to 1944 when Chet and Edna Burnstad purchased a small corner grocery store in Tomah, Wisconsin along with their sons Don and Vic they laid the groundwork where the family would continue to grow the next 70+ years.

After years of hard work in January 1965 it was decided to expand the business to include a newly built 9,600 square foot store in Mauston, Wisconsin. This was to be their first “New” store built from the ground up. Burnstad’s Shop-Rite was one of the original new businesses to locate on highway 82 East off the newly constructed interstate.

In 1987 Don, along with his daughter Cindy Bolton and Son in law Steve were approached by their supplier about building a state of the art 43,000 grocery store. Expansion at the present location was not an option due to land constraints. In order to keep the business successful and growing they decided to move forward and in November 1988 Pick N Save Mauston was opened in a shopping plaza on highway 58 North. The latest remodel in June 2003 included a 20,000 square foot addition increasing their product line to over 50,000 items. Since its opening many changes have been implemented to keep up with the ever changing grocery industry.

November 5, 2005 Don passed away leaving his love of the grocery business to continue with his family. Don’s philosophy “Take care of the little things before they become big things”.

A monumental change was made in October of 2007 by changing the store to a Festival Foods; a format we feel to be our vision for the future.

We are proud to say we have been a stepping stone for past and present high school employees who started their work career with us and have gone on to be successful lawyers, doctors, educators and engineers to name a few. We salute: “Marceil Manske” for 50 years of service (1-2-1965 to present) and all of our past and present employees dedicated to serving our customers.

Festival Foods currently employs 150 along with family members:

Cindy Bolton – Chet & Edna’s granddaughter, Don’s daughter

Jay Bolton – Chet & Edna’s great grandson, Don’s grandson, Cindy & Steve’s son

Julie Bolton – Jay’s wife

Brad Bolton - Chet & Edna’s great grandson, Don’s grandson, Cindy & Steve’s son