Tom Thumb Food and Pharmacy

Tom Thumb is a supermarket chain founded in the year 1948. The two founders Robert B. Cullum and J.R. Bost, opened the store under the name Tom Thumb-Page Food Stores. The store expanded, and by 1956 had 20 stores. The expansion continued in California and the Midwest when they acquired Pantry Food Markets and Hinky Dinky in those areas respectively. The specialty stores, Simon David, were then added to their line in 1963, a brand it still retains to date.

In 1987, Tom Thumb and Wal-Mart partnered in creating Hypermart USA stores, which they dropped out of in 1991 after an unsuccessful run. The chain operates under a number of brand names such as its own Tom Thumb brand, Simon David and Flagship Tom Thumb. The chain focuses on the more affluent areas and hence their prices tend to be higher than those of its competitors like Albertsons or Kroger. The firm at some point traded on the NYSE as Cullum Companies.

New Owners

In 1992, the firm was bought by Randall’s Food Markets, but still kept trading using Tom Thumb. Randall’s made some changes in the chain by converting many Tom Thumb store locations into Randall’s. Randall’s got a new owner in 1999 in the name of Safeway and the new parent kept Tom Thumb brand in Dallas/Forth Worth. Safeway undertook store closures in 2005 with a total of 25 store closures. Of these, nine Tom Thumb locations were affected (all in Dallas/Fort Worth), 15 Randall’s locations (Houston), one in Austin, Texas. The move, according to Safeway, was aimed at revitalizing its Texas division. Safeway also remodeled stores to their own “Lifestyle” format. The new format used today has features like organic and natural foods, sushi bars, full-service bakeries, full-service meat counters, olive bars, floral design centers and an expanded perishables section.

 

4 Comments

  1. Sandra January 7, 2019 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Who is in charge of the pharmacy staff at Tom Thumb? I’ve been going there for over 20 years. I won’t be going there anymore; there is a new pharmacist that is thr reason. Please provide an email or physical address where I can send a letter. Thank you!
    Slcc

  2. Gina February 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Why aren’t there any Tom Thumb’s in Oklahoma? Would love to have one in Edmond, OK.

  3. ANIL SUNER August 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    We have Non-GMO certification from CERT-ID EUROPE. The company is registered to the internationally recognized FSSC 22000 quality standard.

    Our Product Line:
    De-Oiled Soya Lecithin(powder)(NON-GMO IP Grade)
    A) For Bakery, Confectionary & Nutrition
    B) For Aqua Feed, Poultry Feed & Cattle Feed
    C) For Cosmetics

  4. DEE DWIN August 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    i purchased the black angus beef patties with the vadalia onions and THEY SUCK!
    THEY TASTE LIKE SOY. THEY ARE VERY SOFT ANF MUSHY AFTER I GRILLED THEM, EVEN MY DOG WILL NOT EAT THEM. THIS WAS A WASTE OF 7 DOLLARS
    ON A GOOD NOTE WE BOUGHT THE FOCCIA BREAD AND LOVED IT. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND THIS PRODUCT SINCE LAST YEAR. THE CASHIER SAID THAT IT IS A SEASONAL PRODUCT, WHY?
    WHEN WILL THIS THE FOCCIA BREAD BE BACK?

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