Our parents Elwood and Rosella McGinnis opened a small produce stand in Baldwin Borough on Christmas Eve in 1946. As the business grew, Elwood borrowed money from his mother to expand across the street to a 2500 sq. ft. building. During the next 30 years, the store developed into a well-known grocery store, with high standards for quality, competitive pricing and excellent service.
The store provided well for the eight McGinnis children who spent their early years in the playpen behind the cash register. Before long we began working in the family store ringing the cash register, stacking pop bottles, and later making sausages, cutting steaks and stocking produce and groceries.
In the 1970's expansion led to additional locations and in 1981 the three daughters, Bonnie McGinnis Vello, Sharon McGinnis Young and Noreen McGinnis Campbell, assumed ownership of the company. Elwood continued to "help out" in the produce department well into his '80's, arriving every morning at 6:00 AM.
The sisters believe that they were taught well from an early age through hands on experience, as well as strong exposure to the principles of fiscal soundness, ongoing education, and respect for team members and customers.
The spirit of family also includes each team member, many of whom have enjoyed a successful career at McGinnis Sisters. Team members enjoy a wealth of benefits such as excellent health and welfare plans, as well as a profit sharing plan that does not require a matching contribution by the team member. Stores are closed in the evening to ensure that team members get home to their families at a reasonable hour.
McGinnis Sisters have carried on their father's traditions by donating their time and financial support to hundreds of local charities, women's groups and organizations, such as the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Western Pennsylvania Minority Junior Golf Association and Angel's Place.