Meet the new manager of Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in New Holstein, Jack Blattner.
“Wait a minute,” some readers might be thinking right now. “I thought the manager was Jake?” Others might be asking, “I thought it was John?”
In some ways, they are right on all counts—and they can even throw in another John and a Jean for good measure.
Here’s the explanation:
Blattner’s operates stores in both New Holstein and Sheboygan Falls, with John Sr. and wife Jean as the owners. When the Blattners purchased the New Holstein store several years ago, son Jake was an integral part of the leadership team there and continues to be today.
But about a year ago, Jake’s brother John Jr. took on a larger role at the New Holstein store and is now serving as its manager. He goes by Jack because he joked when he was younger he and his dad would not know whom mom was yelling at when she exclaimed, “John!”
Not to confuse things further, but brother Nick also worked at the store but has now left to pursue a vocation as a Capuchin Franciscan Friar.
Jack is a graduate of Manitowoc Roncalli High School and earned his Business degree from Silver Lake College of Manitowoc in 2014. He said he had gone to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for about a year and a half for engineering but eventually realized it was not the career path he wanted.
After graduating from Silver Lake, Jack worked at the Sheboygan Falls store for about a year before coming to New Holstein to be the manager. He and wife Taylor have purchased a home on Illinois Avenue in the city.
Jack said they have been very impressed with both the store and the community. “Beautiful store,” he said of his impressions when he first saw it. “The condition it’s in, it’s very clean.”
He is equally complimentary of the city, saying it is family friendly and that he and Taylor have observed a lot of young families in the community. They enjoy taking walks on the paths of nearby Kiwanis Park, and said when their nephews and nieces visit they enjoy the various amenities in New Holstein such as the Aquatic Center. Jack said he and Taylor are looking forward to starting and raising their own family in New Holstein.
Jack said he has not made a lot of his own changes at Blattner’s as his dad and
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