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Say Hello to Jeff Stockhausen, Middleburg Heights Grocery Manager

How long have you been with Heinen's?
Let’s see. I actually just finished up nine years as of this August 13.

And have you always been at this Middleburg Heights location?
No. I started at the Rocky River store, working as a grocery clerk. My manager there, Dan Cannon, got me going to start moving up, taking on more and more. He’s a great guy!

What made you go into the grocery business?
Well, pretty much, that’s what my dad did. It worked out well for him, so I thought I’d give it a try.

What’s the best part of your job?
That’s easy. I really like working with the crew I have; they’re phenomenal. And I love the awesome management team that I’m part of. We all work together to get things done. It’s just a super team—a very good feeling.

Are you seeing any trends in your department?
Oh yeah! Right now, just in the past couple of years, there are two categories that have totally exploded. One is what I’d call the new age teas—the numbers are absolutely huge. An example would be any of the Republic of Tea products. The other category is snack food—there are so many amazing new lines. I’ve had to re-design that aisle at least five times this year!

Do you cook?
From time to time.

So what would we always find on hand in your kitchen?
  • Well, I like grilling things, so you’d always find ground beef or hot dogs.
  • A six-pack of Great Lakes
  • Peanut butter and jelly—no special brand. I’ll go with what’s on sale.
  • Beef jerky
  • And Two Brothers Seasonings. Always—hands down. I use it when I grill anything--a beef brisket, a steak, a burger. I’ve even used it on eggs. It’s great stuff!

You’re a CLE sports fan. Who’s your team?
I gotta’ go with the Browns. They’re my team. I bleed the brown and orange with my fellow fans.