Cub Foods

Cub Foods SupermarketsCub Foods was founded as a no frills, bring your own bag grocery store, in Stillwater, MN, back in 1968. Today they are still operating a fairly large share of the market from over 16 States, and approximately 2400 locations. Today, Cub Foods is a fully owned subsidiary of the Minnesota-based SUPERVALU chain, marketing their own label, as well as a host of others.

Cub Foods was founded by Minnesota-based Hooleys Supermarkets in 1968 in the riverside city of Stillwater, MN by brothers, Charles and Jack Hooley, and brother-in-law Robert Thueson. The name “CUB” originally stood for Consumers United for Buying, and Cub Foods was one of the first total discount food stores in the United States. The chain was bought by Minnesota-based SUPERVALU in 1980 with only five stores in Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN. After the purchase, the chain expanded to 83 stores, in three states. WinCo Foods operated several Cub Foods stores until 1999. Cub Foods also operated eight stores in Colorado until 2003 when they sold most of their stores to Kroger. The chain also had locations in parts of the Southern United States, namely in the Atlanta and Nashville back in the 1990s.

Cub Foods operated two stores in Columbus, Ohio, until May 23, 1997, at which point both stores and its employees were acquired by Kroger. The only former Cub that remains as a Kroger is the store at Columbus Square.

Cub Foods also had a joint venture with a local grocer in the Dayton, Ohio, market, which operated three stores under the Cub Foods banner. SUPERVALU sold off its share of the venture in 1995, although the three stores continue to use the Cub Foods name to this day under a franchise agreement with SUPERVALU.

Cub Foods is credited with many innovations, such as the first grocery checkout conveyor belt system.

As part of SUPERVALU’s acquisition of Albertsons, including its Chicago-based Jewel-Osco stores, SUPERVALU divested its Chicago-area Cub Foods locations to an investment group headed by Cerberus Capital Management, to avoid market concentration issues. Since Cerberus took control, four locations (Algonquin, Bedford Park, 87th Street in Chicago, and Naperville) closed, and Cerberus then announced that it was selling the remaining Illinois stores to other operators. The last of the Chicago area Cub Foods stores closed on December 10, 2006, while a majority of them were sold to Central Grocers Cooperative and are operated as Strack and Van Til and Ultra Foods by a wholly-owned unit of the cooperative, and as Garden Fresh Markets by one of its members. Other stores were sold to Grand Mart International Foods. However, only four of the eight stores sold to Grand Mart ever opened under that company’s ownership, and all were closed after less than five months of operation.

As of June 2009, the only remaining Cub Foods stores in Illinois which are still owned by SUPERVALU are one store in Peoria (a second store in Midtown Plaza in Peoria closed in March 2009 after just six-and-a-half years of operation) and one store in Freeport.

On October 9, 2010, the Cub Foods in Peoria, still owned and operated by SUPERVALU, changed its name to Shop ‘n Save. This made the Freeport store the only remaining SUPERVALU-owned store in Illinois to continue to operate as a Cub Foods location.

Three Springfield, Illinois stores independently owned by Niemann Foods have a franchise to use the Cub Foods name as part of the stores’ branding. These stores also carry selected Cub Foods-branded products under the same agreement. In the end, Cub Foods has stayed the course, and managed to retain a decent share of the market, no matter what name it operates under.

Headquarters: Stillwater, MN
No. of Stores: approximately 2,400 (2010)
No. of Employees: +/- 200,000
Revenue: $17.4 billion (Feb 1999)
Geography: Primarily Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; , Norfolk- Portsmouth, VA, Chicago, IL; Minneapolis- St. Paul, MN; St. Louis, Missouri; Fargo, ND; Bakersfield, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Boise, ID; Las Vegas, NV; Seattle, WA
Special Services: Cub Foods provides meat and seafood, fresh produce, including organics, flower shops, and pharmacies in all their stores, as well as party planning services.

SUPERVALU; ACME, Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel –Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s Star market, Shop n’ Save, Shoppers

Wild Harvest, Stockman and Dakota, Baby Basics, Culinary Circle and most national brands, as well as Cub’s own private label

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  1. Floyd June 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    My wife had a stroke in April and is visually impaired. She has been visually impaired all of her life. She can walk just fine, but only for limited distances. She cannot safely operate the electric carts. This has forced us to shop at Wal-Mart because they have wheelchairs (with baskets on them) which I can use to wheel her around. She walks in and gets in the wheelchair herself, and then when we’re done we take the wheelchair back to where we got it. She and I are very diligent about ensuring that electric carts/wheelchairs are put back in their designated places and not left in the parking lot.

  2. Deborah Kopylov April 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    My Mom lives in Coon Rapids, MN in Epiphany Pines Senior Living.

    Do you have a delivery service available to her? My sister lives in Buffalo, MN and I live in Denver, CO. My sister can’t always get to her place so we thot having a store that could deliver would be helpful.

    If you do have this service, can you tell me how she can get hooked up with this please? Thank you. – Deborah Kopylov

  3. frank hager January 7, 2013 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Does cub foods sell Max Velocity energy drinks? We are looking for the regular flavor.. Thank you :)

  4. vita November 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Worse management ever, in Cambridge MN! I have been so stupid believing when dealing with each manager, including milk manager and the head manager of the store in Cambridge to order goat milk. Even workers from WIC program contacted this store couple times and they were promised things will be worked out. Apparently year and a half later orders are still not completed and I lost lots and lots of vouchers (money) by shopping in this store.

  5. Deneige December 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I predict your remodeling of the Rochester store will be futile. Youe have taken nearly a year and still is not complete. Parking with the new design in winter leaves no room to leave the snow as you still have not removed the piled up tar. I get volunteers to bag my groceries(for a donation) and pack soap with food and eggs God knows where. Prices are not competing with HY VEE. Your advertising is misleading in the store. The black and gold stickers advertise a savings of $1.40 on ice cream at 5.99. Give me the names of people who buy the ice cream at 7.39! Hy Vee has the same product every week at 3.95 on sale 3.50. Get with the program of pricing, service and convenience of 2011 not 1968. Wallmart will even bag your groceries. I have switched to Hy Vee where people know where the products are and smile as you spend your money. Close Rochester and help Brett in Chaska. He might even change his mind on reading this.

  6. brett September 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    please build a cub store in chaska, mn., it is highly needed and there is ample land availible in the city to make a successful store and provide the community with quality products as the only grocery is very outdated and carries poor quality products. The old Chaska building center would be a great location to serve chaska , carver and other communities on this side of town and it is a big enough site that could eaily handle a Cub store , plus the city now owns the land…… Please build a store in Chaska soon!!!!!!!!

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