Ted Schaefer I opened Schaefer's Model Meat Market at the age of 23. This business was located on the corner of 6th and Maple in Brainerd.

Brothers Ted Schaefer II and John Schaefer opened a new store with groceries at 7th and Maple in Brainerd.

Ted II and John purchased the Nisswa Store (formerly
know as Jimmy's), located on Highway 371 and County
Road 13 (current location). The store was named Schaefer's
Airport Market - named for the airport that was located
to the west of 371, just south of the store. From this year
on, the store remained open year-round (only open the summer months
prior to this).

The store name was changed to Schaefer's Red Owl as Ted II and John had begun to purchase groceries from the Red Owl Foods Co. in Hopkins, MN.

A remodel of the store began and was finished in the spring of 1976. The store size grew from 9,500 sq. ft. to 13,800 sq. ft. The entire store was remodeled along with the attached laundromat and was ready for the summer season.


Brothers Ted III and Tom Schaefer purchased the business from Ted II and John Schaefer.

Ted III and Tom began to purchase groceries from Super Value Inc., in Hopkins, MN. Another name change came and now Schaefer's Red Owl was known as Schaefer's Model Market.

Ted III and Robyn Schaefer purchased Tom's portion of the business.

Ted III and Robyn began to purchase groceries from Nash Finch Company in St. Cloud, MN.


Another remodel of the store began. This remodel brought the store from 13,800 sq. ft. to 27,500 sq. ft. in size. The remodel was completed in the spring of 1994 just in time for the fishing opener, the kick off to the summer season. It was re-opened as Schaefer's Foods.

The store is continuously being updated but still remains 27,500 sq. ft. in size. Ted III and Robyn still own the business and their four children help operate the business on a daily basis.