Waconia celebrates Mackenthun’s Day
Few businesses are more synonymous with Waconia than Mackenthun’s Fine Foods.
The award-winning grocery store got its start 95 years ago when Arthur Mackenthun opened a meat market at the intersection of First and Elm streets in downtown Waconia in 1917. In the 1940s and 50s, Mackenthun’s added a full line of groceries. The business eventually moved from its downtown location and now boasts a 62,000+ square foot store along Highway 5. Kim and Laurie Mackenthun and their children, Jaime Mackenthun and Jessa Theis, are the fourth and fifth generations of the Mackenthun family to operate the store.
In honor and recognition of the Mackenthun family’s long-time support of Waconia schools, businesses and the community, Mayor Jim Nash proclaimed Oct. 15, 2012 as Mackenthun’s Day in Waconia during the city council meeting held Oct. 15.
Kim, Jaime and Jessa were present for the proclamation.
“I’m very proud my kids are with me (tonight),” said Kim, who noted that Mackenthun’s Fine Foods is believed to be the oldest grocery store company in the state of Minnesota. “It has been great serving Waconia. Thank you for the recognition.
“I’ll wait for the 100th anniversary before I go up and jump out of a space capsule at 24 miles,” said Kim, referring to a recently set world record space jump, a joke that prompted a round of laughter from folks attending the meeting to fill the council chambers.