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Six outstanding specialty food retailers


Bi-Rite Market, a San Francisco landmark since 1940, has been named as one of the Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers of 2010 by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. The other winners include: Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro, The Woodlands, Texas; Marion Street Cheese Market, Oak Park, Ill.; Roche Bros., Wellesley Hills, Mass.; Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods, Houston; and The Sandy Butler, Fort Myers, Fla.

Here’s a brief look at the winners:

Bi-Rite: Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, Bi-Rite has transformed itself in recent years into a premier market renowned for its restaurant-quality prepared foods, an emphasis on local products (including produce from the owner's farms) and its rooftop beehives and herb garden.

Hubbell & Hudson Market & Bistro: Opened in 2008, Hubbell & Hudson is designed as a place for the community to shop, eat, and learn to cook under one roof.

Marion Street Cheese Market: A focus on artisan cheese, meat and charcuterie, plus specialty foods, wine and beer that pair well with cheese, and a major expansion, have turned the one-time corner store into one of the Chicagoland area’s most popular shopping destinations.

Roche Bros.: Two generations of the Roche family have nurtured this 18-store Massachusetts-based supermarket chain into a retail success story thanks to their commitment to community service, a wide variety of products and a focus on fresh food.

Spec's Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods: Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, the 72-unit Spec’s is known for its extensive selection of wines, spirits, beers, liqueurs, cigars and, in its larger stores, fine gourmet foods. The honored Houston location is a flagship, and features 21,000 specialty foods and a wine and liquor section with more than 10,000 wines and a 35-door beer cooler.

The Sandy Butler: From its produce stand beginnings, The Sandy Butler has grown into a full-service specialty food market and 150-seat restaurant. The company also has its own line of specialty food products.

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