By Chris Basinger
Petersburg Pilot 

Wrangell IGA owners buy Trading Union grocery store in Petersburg


It was a week of change for a 100-year-old Petersburg institution: The Trading Union was officially renamed Petersburg IGA on Feb. 20, as new owners Mike Ward, his daughter Caroline Bangs and her husband Travis Bangs took over the grocery store.

“I got crew over from Wrangell, crew over from Haines, and we’re power-stocking this place,” Ward said last week.

The family also owns Wrangell IGA and Ward is the majority owner of Howsers IGA in Haines.

Ward, who is in his 44th year actively managing grocery stores, was born in Haines and as a young man managed his grandparents’ grocery store, eventu...

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