Hank Darveaux established “Hanks Foods” in 1972. A 1949 graduate of Creighton University, Hank started his own professional grocer’s career by managing meat departments for Fareway Foods in Iowa. Hank had a passion for producing quality cuts of meats. Hank’s father, John Darveaux, was both a meat market and a slaughterhouse manager in Rulo, Nebraska in the 1920’s; and, Hank’s older brother Jerry Darveaux had continued in the family business establishing and operating his own supermarket in Minnesota in the 1960’s. Mentored by his brother Jerry, Hank eventually moved from store meat manager to seeking a location for his own privately owned and operated grocery business. In 1972 Hank opened his original store as a member of the Nash Finch Food’s franchise in Pipestone, Minnesota.
Hank’s original Pipestone business was a 9000 square foot building that was better known locally as Hank’s Jack and Jill. As the business developed, the need for expansion and interior remodeling eventually added 30 feet to extend the front entrance in 1976 and then an additional 5300 feet was added in 1994. The 1994 expansion increased warehouse capacity and included the addition of a bakery and a deli. Other services such as video rentals, courtesy counter services, dry cleaning, UPS, postage, money orders, photo development and rug doctor rentals were added on to continuously improve services and to respond to customer needs.
In 1989, Hank’s Jack & Jill, became Hank’s Foods when the family owned business formed a new partnership with Affiliated Foods Midwest. Affiliated Foods Midwest offered excellent warehouse capacity and competitive product pricing. Consistent with the goals of the Darveaux family, Affiliated Foods Midwest was a full service warehouse provider, offering excellent products at best competitive prices right in the Midwest.
Hank’s Foods has served the Pipestone area for going on 40 years constantly expanding and improving services and product offerings. Second generation owners Tim and Tom Darveaux continue their family business legacy offering quality meats and quality grocery products in a full service, no frills business model that is constantly working to provide the best products at the best prices. Together with over 50 associates, Tim and Tom can offer you an inviting, friendly and helpful shopping experience. With great weekly in-ad specials, hundreds of in store specials and fresh quality products, Hanks Foods can help you get the most for your food dollars. Let our over 100 years of combined family business experience serve you and your families’ grocery needs!
We are your local community connection for high quality foods, friendly service and great prices. We take pride in our community and appreciate your business. We know that you have many options for food purchases and want you to know that we're working hard each day to continue to earn your business.
When you support our locally owned business:
- Your dollars support the local economy
- You help create and maintain local jobs
- You are making an energy saving choice
- You support independent over corporate ownership
We invite you to shop Hanks Foods and to experience the value, quality, and friendly service from our 50 plus associates. Try us! You will enjoy the experience and our friendly hometown services.
We thank you for your support and your patronage.