Super One Foods

Super_One_Foods_StoreSuper One Foods, a supermarket chain, has thirty-three major locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Upper Michigan. The owner and operator of the chain is Miner’s Inc., which is a private company. Some of the stores are operated under the brand name “U-Save Foods.”

History

Super One Foods began in 1943 when a tavern was opened by Tony and Ida Miner in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tony added a milk cooler and bread to the items they sold when he realized that a majority of the customers left early in the evening in order to purchase their milk and bread before the grocery stores closed for the day. The addition of bread and a milk cooler marked the beginning of the grocery business. The first grocery store was built in Grand Rapids, and was named “Miner’s Market.” In 1954, the name was changed to “Piggly Wiggly” and they joined the Piggly Wiggly franchise for name recognition. The second store was opened in Virginia, Minnesota in 1963. A third store was opened two years later in Duluth. This location was made the company headquarters shortly thereafter because the company’s major suppliers were based at the location. A new warehouse style store was opened in 1975 when son Jim took over the company and it was named “Super One.” The number of warehouse style Super One stores has grown, while the other smaller stores have dropped the Piggly Wiggly franchise name and have taken on other names. It has plans of establishing a new store in Superior, Wisconsin.

Statistics

Headquarters: Hermantown, Minnesota

Ownership: Private Company

No. of Stores: 33 stores

Geography: Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Upper Michigan

No. of Employees: 1,500 employees

Demography: Value shoppers, organic and green shoppers

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U-Save Foods, County Market, Woodland Marketplace Foods

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