ESCANABA - Two lucky Daily Press readers will have an opportunity to fill their cupboards with a shopping spree at either Elmer's County Market or Super One Foods care of the Daily Press Supermarket Sweepstakes.
"It's a great way for our advertisers to get people in their store, and it's great for our readers because they're going to have an opportunity to get as many groceries as they can in five minutes," said Daily Press Publisher Dan McDonald.
A series of Supermarket Sweepstakes advertisements will run in the Daily Press through Jan. 23. Each ad will feature a participating local business and have an entry form for the sweepstakes. To enter readers must cut out the entire ad, fill out the entry form portion, and return the ad to the business featured in the advertisement. Photocopies of advertisements will not be accepted.
Entries will be collected on Jan. 23, winners will be selected Jan. 24, and announced Jan. 27. One winner will be selected to run the aisles of Elmer's County Market and one will be selected to run the aisles of Super One Foods.
"I think it is phenomenal from the store's point of view," said Lisa Wilkins, head scan coordinator at Super One Foods. "It's an excellent opportunity for our shoppers or new customers to come in and see the store."
Winners will have five minutes to follow a track running through each store while filling their carts with as many items as they can. At the end of the five minutes, participants must be in line at a register in order to receive their cartload of prizes.
"We're excited to close the store down for five minutes for the shopping spree," said Rod Stende, general manager of Elmer's County Market. "It's really fun to see people shop that fast. It's amazing how much people can grab in 5 minutes."
Alcohol, cigarettes, and lottery tickets are not eligible items for the shopping spree.
The winner selected to participate at Super One Foods will take to the aisles on Jan. 31 at 9 a.m., and the winner selected to take the challenge at Elmer's County Market will run the store on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. If the selected winners are unable to participate they may chose a substitute to run the store for them.
"People are more than welcome to come and watch if they'd like to," said Daily Press Advertising Manager Ann Troutman, adding that spectators who come to cheer on sweepstakes winners will have places to watch from as the winners go on their shopping spree.
Readers interested in participating should look for the advertisements in the Daily Press from businesses including Abra Cadabra Fun Zone, Bay Area Pool & Spa, baybank, Bergman Insurance, Bosk Equipment & Party Rental, Brampton Bike & Ski, Canterbury Book Store, Carpet & Drapery Shoppe, Country Roads Furniture & Gifts, Cycle City Honda, Delta County Airport, Delta County Chamber/EDA, Delta County Credit Union, Dobbers Pasties, Dr. Perry Uhazie, E&E Furniture & Sleep Center, Elmer's County Market, Escanaba Steam Laundry, Esky Fan Club, Framecrafters Gallery, Garceau*Wenick-Kutz*Magowan Insurance Agency, Gram's Pasties, Health Way Nutrition Store, Heynssens-Selin's Furniture, Iverson's Home Center, Lake Michigan Armory, Lakestate Industries/Rustic Room, Lisa Ann, mBank, Morrison Shop, Northern Screen Printing, Nuggy's Tobacco Shack, Peninsula Federal Credit Union, Perks Cabinetry, Pit Stop Quick Lube, Pomp's Tire Service, Positively! The Center For Success, Remy Battery, Riverside Chrysler, Riverside Chevrolet, Riverside Toyota, Sears, Super One Foods, The Family Inn, UP PC Repair/UP Cars, Vandervest Harley Davidson, White's Grocery, Wickert Floral & Greenhouse, and Ye Old Coin Shop.