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Martin’s CEO: “We'll face our losses together"


Martin's Supermarkets have a long history in Michiana. Never in their 67 years has the family owned and operated chain had to deal with anything like what happened Wednesday night.

Martin's President and CEO Rob Bartels thanked the community, police and the Martin's team Thursday afternoon.

"We will do everything we can over the coming days on behalf of the folks that count on us," said Bartels. "We'll face our losses together, and we will find answers over time."

Martin's has also placed a sign outside the Elkhart store where the shooting occurred. It says simply "Join us in prayer and remembrance."

Bartels says the company will be providing counseling for any employee at any location who needs it.

Thursday afternoon statement from Rob Bartels, Martin's Supermarket President and CEO:

On behalf of our community, customers, friends, family, & the Martin's Super Markets team

I Thank God

* For His grace & love demonstrated by an enormous outpouring of support.

* For the heroic actions of the Elkhart police officers – they answered fatal danger with heroic character and resolve.

* For our capable and dedicated civil servants, who have worked so graciously and earnestly

* for our brothers and sisters in organizations across our community and our country—who have dropped everything to answer need.

* For our Martin's family—on both sides of the register who have poured warmth and love into deep hurt.

* Our customers, employees, & friends are leaning on each other and finding strength.

And I thank God for our store team last night, who used skill and judgment in the moment of crisis.

& for our response team members who have answered with their whole hearts and tireless effort to meet the needs of our team and customers.

In our 67 year history we have not faced this kind of challenge.

We will do so earnestly & vigorously.

We will face our losses together and we will find answers over time.

We will work carefully, prudently, & thoroughly as we go forward.

We will provide counseling for any employee on our team and will address concerns and needs as they arise.

We will take calls at 574-234-5848 .

Our prayers and sympathy are with all who are affected by this tragedy.

We have great confidence in law enforcement and will rely on them for details.


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