Registered nurse-turned-weight-loss guru Seattle Sutton celebrated her 87th birthday in January with a big surprise for all.
It was back on Aug. 26, 2015, when her famed, multi-million national franchise business, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, marked its 30th Anniversary. This successful company she founded, with its headquarters and production plant facility at 611 E. Stevenson Road in Ottawa, Ill., has remained a landmark fixture near her hometown of Marseilles.
In January, she announced after three decades of feeding countless calorie-counting customers around the country she has sold the family business. There has yet to be much mention of the company’s selling price or details. Even the company website doesn’t refer to any announcement or change of ownership. But I’m told family members will stay with the company during the months of transition.
The company’s new owner is an employee, Rene Ficek, who also has a longtime connection to Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating as the brand’s registered dietitian who assisted Sutton with the development of meals and menus. She joined the company six years ago as a consultant and told WGN Radio’s John Williams in a January broadcast that she was approached by Seattle last May about whether she was interested in purchasing the company.