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About The Walkerton Area Shopper

The Walkerton Area Shopper is an advertisement tabloid that has been serving local communities since 1972. In the early years the Walkerton Shopper was owned and operated by the Walkerton Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber at one point was looking for an individual that could dedicate more time in operating the paper.  A decision was made to sell the paper to private owner, Susan Rudecki, in 2002. Susan and her family operated the Walkerton Shopper for a successful 11 years before deciding to move on.  At that time, in 2013, two Walkerton Residents, Michael Tutino and his wife Kelly took ownership, seeing the opportunity to have a lucrative business, but also a way to become further involved in the local communities. The Tutino's enjoyed operating The Walkerton Shopper for 4 years until they decided it was time to pass on the reigns to the next, right person for the job. At that time the Walkerton Shopper went up for sale, and while many local residents and organizations showed interest in buying the paper, it wasn't until late 2016 that a deal was made and a new owner came on board.

Today Benjamin Hoops of Dowagiac Michigan, a small town quite similar to Walkerton and just north of Niles, is the proud owner and operator of The Walkerton Area Shopper. Since 2016 he has greatly appreciated serving the Walkerton area residents with all their advertising needs and being able to work mostly from home with such an enjoyable small business. Aside from getting to know many wonderful walkerton residents, he loves how its helped him fulfill his dream of homeschooling his 3 children while still providing a valuable service to others.


The Hoops Family is dedicated to making the Walkerton Area Shopper bigger and better than ever before. The website was the first major step in moving the small town country paper into the next generation. There was also a slogan added to the heading of the paper "Your Country Connection". The Walkerton Area Shopper is meant to connect our local communities and to instill a prideful feeling in each of our local residents as they choose to do their shopping locally. We are all small town country folks, what better way to stay connected than by using a local paper. The Walkerton Area Shopper is your Country Connection!

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