MGA honors Neiman as outstanding retailer

Hal Neiman, founder and CEO of Neiman’s Family Market, recently received the Michigan Grocers Association l Kessel Outstanding Achievement Award for 2014.

Neiman, founded Neiman’s Family Markets, along with his wife Jean, in 1983. This year the company marks 31 years as a growing, successful family business. In Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2012 State of the State address, he recognized Neiman and his company as an example of a Michigan business that is able to grow because of the many pro-business reforms of the prior year. At that time, Neiman’s was adding employees and plans were under way to open a fourth store.

In July 2013, that fourth store opened in Clarkston, adding approximately 140 jobs to the area. Neiman’s also has stores in Alpena, Tawas, and St. Clair, employing over 440 Michiganders.

He was nominated by SpartanNash’s Tom Rubel who describes him as “very hard-working, having exceptional care and concern for his employees, dedicated to his family, constantly involved in local communities, plus he encourages all store directors to join their local chambers, and he is passionate about the food industry.”

In early 2014, Neiman’s completed its community growth fundraising initiative held in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2013. Donations to numerous nonprofit organizations totaled $23,500. In 2013, the governor appointed him to serve on the Michigan Beef Industry Commission. He also has been honored with the Outstanding Citizen Award in Alpena.

Neiman holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s of educational psychology from Eastern Michigan University.

“A tireless advocate for the business community, Hal is a veteran supporter of Michigan Grocers Association,” Gobler said. “He served as board chairman and his son, Bryan, is currently a director.”