Knowlan’s Super Markets Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

March 28, 2016 – Vadnais Heights, MN – Representatives from Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. have announced a new addition to the executive management team by naming Debra Brei to the role of Chief Financial Officer. In her new position Brei will be responsible for leading financial operations and activities for Knowlan’s as well as establishing and monitoring financial plans and budgets for the organization. Knowlan’s operates seven Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods Stores in the Twin Cities metro area.

Deb Brei“Debra Brei is an experienced financial professional with an impressive history of more than fifteen years public accounting experience combined with hands-on private accounting work,” said Lauri Youngquist, President and CEO of Knowlan’s Super Markets. “She has a successful track record of leadership and technical expertise, as well as a commitment to excellence. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished individual join our team.”

Brei is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive knowledge of the practical application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). She has experience working with private industry clients, including those in the grocery business, as an auditor and finance manager. Her corporate experience has involved leading finance and accounting teams for organizations across a variety of industries, including the position of CFO for a Twin Cities-based manufacturing company. Brei is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA).

About Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc.: Festival Foods stores in St. Paul and Minneapolis are owned by Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. The company, based in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, owns seven Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods stores. Twin Cities natives and sisters Lauri Youngquist, President and CEO, and Marie Aarthun own and operate the chain. Knowlan’s Super Markets, Inc. is a privately held company founded in the early 1905. More information is available at

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