Meet the family
Currently, four generations are a part of the family grocery business. Paul's mother (Marshall Robbe's daughter), Joyce, still maintained one weekly lunch shift until the Covid pandemic struck in 2020. Currently, Paul and his son, Brian run the business together and in the last few years, the fourth generation of family employees started as Brian's daughters, Zoe, Skylar, and Annika work as cashiers and grocery stockers.
If you visit Robbe's you'll notice the historic photos of the Village of Strum displayed throughout the store. Robbe's has been an active part of the Strum area for more than 100 years and we are proud to continue to serve our friends and neighbors.
From the beginning
The Robbe's Family Market has been serving the Strum area and surrounding communities for more than 100 years and continues to be owned and operated by descendants of the Robbe family.
Beginning in 1896, Henry and Nels Robbe along with their brother-in-law, H. Dahl, operated the general store in Strum. They sold everything from hardware and dry goods to groceries and animal feed. The late 19th century and the early 20th century saw changes from fire destroying the original location to the buy in of another partner, John Myhers, of Eleva. In 1925, Nels Robbe's son, Marshall Robbe, purchased the store. Marshall ran the store for more than 50 years, selling in 1977 to his grandson, Paul Gullicksrud.
In 1979 the current Robbe's Family Market store was constructed and the dry goods business was separated and sold. That business still exists today in the former Robbe's Market building and is known as Strum Hardware. A partner in the grocery business, brother-in-law Jim Foss, retired recently.
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