WinCo Foods

WinCo Foods was previously known as Waremart Foods. It changed its storefront name and the corporate name in 1999. “WinCo” stands for “Winning Company,” as is stated by the website, WincoFoods.com. Eighty percent of the company is employee owned.

About WinCo

The beginning of WinCo Foods occurs back to 1967, when Bud Williams and Ralph Ward started a discount-grocery warehouse in Boise, Idaho. They named their store Waremart, and the name stayed the same until 1999. In 1985, the president at the time, Bill Long, purchased a majority interest of WinCo from the Ward family and gave it to the employees so that they had some real stake in the company. Ever since, the company has continued to grow.

The company has fostered their success, it claims, by focusing on very large stores with a wide selection of national brands, but keeping their prices below the competition’s. Employees are said to have seen their employee stock ownership plan grow at an annual compounded growth rate of 21.51%. This makes for an extremely dedicated workforce. In 1998, WinCo was listed as the 266th on Forbes Magazine’s List of the 500 largest privately held companies, and in 2010 it was listed as the 65th on the list. They are considered 29th out of the 50 top grocery retailers, with a 0.6% share of the market.

Stats

Annual Sales: By the end of the fiscal year 2010, the company reached $4.3 billion in total sales.

Employees: WinCo currently has 13,000 employees and is continuing to grow.

Store Locations: Currently there are 75 WinCo Supermarkets located in five states. These are:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Washington

Corporate Responsibility

WinCo Foods is committed to making the shopping experience greener. For example, they do not put an ad in the paper each week, which also helps save money for their customers. Their newer locations also have skylights to help save electricity. They are currently researching solar power technologies and other ways to reducing their carbon footprint. Other things that they are doing/considering are:

  • Implementing energy efficient refrigeration and freezer equipment in their new stores and updating their old stores
  • Using light systems with motion sensors so that the lights are only used when needed in certain areas
  • Using LED lights wherever possible

Responsible fuel consumption also is a focus of this company. They try to conserve fuel in the best way possible by using a transportation team to plan each trip, using the best route, and a maintenance team to ensure that each truck is kept in top shape. They also use state-of-the-art equipment to make the most out of every gallon of fuel.

Aside from being green, WinCo Foods contributes to the community through its donations. For example, it donates to fundraisers for state-accredited schools nearby WinCo locations. This can be for the entire school or just a group related to the school. You can get information about how to apply for a donation by visiting their website: WinCoFoods.com.

44 Comments

  1. Linda Smith June 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    To Winco Corporate We have just learned our small Wal mart is closing. We desperately need affordable groceries here in Perry Ok. There is a grocery Homeland which is incredibly expensive. We are the County Seat. There are many of us who want affordable shopping here. But due to high prices we 9will be forced to shop out of town. Please please would you consider us.

  2. lois Lombardi May 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    does winco carry panko bread crumbs in the bulk section?

  3. Paul May 5, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Winco Foods in Bremerton, WA has a great selection and good prices. But that’s the only reason I go there. The isle workers are the rudest people I’ve ever seen in any store ever. You almost get run over by employees working the isles. Today at 6:15 am when I went to the checkout line, I had an employee named Everett stand behind me and start pushing a stack of hand carts back and forth with his foot.

    Just annoying behaviors that you can’t even avoid in the early morning.

    Where do they get these people?

  4. Richard Hanson January 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I would like to know where your winco brand of Apple Juice comes from. There is a lot of Seafood I don’t buy from your Store because it comes from China and other foreign Country’s. I know you are in business to make money but you don’t have to poison people while you do it.

    • Victoria February 9, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Then shop at Wal-Mart or somewhere else. Simple as that!!

  5. Yolonda Leighton April 16, 2016 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Bud light has a product I wish you would carry. They come in several flavors, rassberritas, appetites, and now watermelonrittas. Yum perfect for summer drinks. Please hurry.

  6. Alice Earnest February 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Shopping this a.m. in Nampa, I’d…..did not find our usual Post Shredded Wheat , the original big biscuit.
    Please restock, as it’s the only cereal my husband eats. The bite size were available, but that won’t cut it
    Thanks for taking quick action on this request!!

  7. ron September 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I miss shopping at WINCO in Lancaster, CA. Please open a WINCO in Santa Rosa, CA.

  8. Vickie Owens March 2, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I would like to open a Winco franchise in Jackson, Mississippi. I have searched the web and could not find any information on how to accomplish it. Can you assist me with this issue?

  9. Barry Iorio February 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Just a quick note to let you know that we love your store(s). Great price and an awesome selection, unbeatable. Would also like to mention that you employee some very helpful and friendly people. We shop at store #0046 and are always made to feel at home by Aureila. She actually makes us feel like we matter, very rare these days!
    Thanks for an awesome store and a great shopping experience. PS. more organic foods please!

  10. Marcie January 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    To whom it may concern can u please open a winco in Tillamook Oregon please everyone here goes to Beaverton but hard to during winter please look into it their is tons of space for one please thanks Marcie

  11. Veronica January 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Store #108 (85023)
    I would like to ask if you could reinstate the Old El Paso Chicken and the Steak Fajitas (Meal for Two) to this store.
    Thank you for your time.

  12. Sean tobin January 4, 2015 at 4:13 am - Reply

    I stopped by your store on136th in Vancouver and wanted to buy a half gallon of Darigold milk. I couldn’t find it and asked one of your employees where it went and he was surprised that he couldn’t find it. He looked in the back cooler and came back and said that he guessed that they didn’t carry it any more and that they only carried Anderson Dairy products. I hope that this isn’t true because that is the dairy that we want and I don’t want to have to start going to Walmart to buy it. Hopefully you will care enough to bring this quality product back to your stores.

  13. anita menius November 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Bring Winco to Charlotte, NC and I will never shop at Walmart again. I like the way you treat your employees and your overall company philosphy. Even if your prices were sometimes higher I would still frequent your store.

  14. lily gilmore November 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    has anyone had a accident on or at a winco lately:? are you seriously injured? Please let me know if their insurance and their management were trained and helpful. If you would please share your story I will share my experience maybe we can help each other get to the bottom of all their red tape. they need to stand up and take responsibility for their employees not doing their jobs correctly. this is why there are accidents. they claim customers are lucky if they get their medical paid for. what kind of racket is this?

  15. lily gilmore November 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    HAS ANYONE HAD A ACCIDENT AT A WINCO LATLEY?
    Have you slipped or fallen? no joke….. no ins pranks. Please contact me about your case and how the store handled it. Are you satisfied with the outcome. Do you feel you were t treated fairly? Please share your misfortune and maybe we can help each other..Thanks for your time and looking forward to hearing from you.
    L.G

  16. Kurt dustin, Crabtree, Oregon November 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Why don’t you carrie everthin in the universe! Just joking. Shopping at Winco can be a little annoying on weekends, but during the week it is a breeze. I do wish they carried Wild Roots Coastal Berry trail mix. But then again if you had a store that stocked every little thing everyone wanted it would be so big nobody would want to go there and if you manned every register 24-7 you could not afford to shop there. If I need to go to another store for a few items and that is my biggest beef in life I am living a better life than I deserve.

  17. Debra E October 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Peter Paul Almond Joy Pudding. I would love to see this on your shelf. I think this would fly off the shelf. We have been talking to a few people and they said they would buy this if they could find it. Well we bought it while we were on vacation and wow was it great. It was a hot seller there. Thank you

  18. Jim S. October 17, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Winco’s produce department is what I would call suspect. I have to be very careful in picking out our produce. In the meat and dairy department I have to check date codes because their rotation is terrible. The last straw was ten days ago when I tried to return a pack of AAA batteries. We spend $200 a week at our Perris Cal. Winco and they wouldn’t give credit. Stupid! Back to Stater Bros. I go.

  19. Gary Holt October 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I live in Longview WA. I have been comlaining about this for over 3 years now- Handi cap powered carts- The store in longview wa does not have enough of them. Today I go there to shop with my mother, I waited one hour and still no cart. My mother finished her shopping but I did not even get a chance to do my shopping so we left. I complained once again to the manager once again it did no good. You stores need more than 6 handicap carts which I was told is all handled by and at the coroorate level. I am up in arms over this. You need more handi cap parking and more carts. I am sick and tired setting there on a cart that does not work, is un charged, and wind up wasting my time to do what, just wait for nothing because all this time wasted and i still wound up with no cart. so do I stop shopping at winco or do i teel a news taem about at say king 5 or KOIN 12 news any way to mget reconiotion to this problem!

  20. Robert Thomas September 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    My wife and I purchased 3 packages of Winco Winter Blend broccoli and cauliflower. The packages consisted of about 90% cauliflower and the rest scarps of broccoli. The broccoli was mostly small pieces of stem. After cooking the broccoli stems were so tough they were inedible. We have been weekly customers of Winco since their inception as Waremart and have never had a single complaint about anything to do with your company, but this is a first. We felt that you should be made aware.
    Thanks fro listening.
    Sincerely
    Robert Thomas

  21. Steve Ellio5t September 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    With the debate and upcoming vote on putting GMO ingredients on food labels, I would like to see Winco Foods publicly take a stand and insist that their suppliers have labels that indicate if the product contains genetically engineered ingredients so your customers can make informed choices while shopping. I do not care if people create, or use genetically modified ingredients, I just want to be able to know if that is what I am buying.

  22. Judy Duncan August 26, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I just wanted you to know we will no longer be shopping at Winco due to poor management. It is sad that good people hours are being cut while lazy asses who make less are being kept. GOOD BYE, many other super markets respect good employees and realize that they are the ones that keep customers coming back. If you think your bottom line will look better with poorer help then you deserve what you get.
    This is in reference to the store on sprague in the Spokane Valley.
    I would wish you luck but I believe only good service works. better.

  23. Diana G April 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I left a bag of the winco tater puffs out by accident, and they completely thawed, my question is can they be re-frozen and safe to eat?

  24. Tracy Lemelle March 12, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

    I would really love for you guys to start caring ocean spray cran cherry juice,I hate having to drive to wallmart to get it

  25. marcialabella@rocketmail.com February 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Walmart SUCKS!

  26. skrypnyk Andy January 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    We shop in the new store in Bellingham Washington. great experience ….however need to go to on to Fred Meyers as you do not carry some items;

    Items are: Bob’s Red Mill hot cereal 8 Grain Wheatless (1lb 11 oz package)
    and Original Silk Light SoyMilk ( Half Gallon.)

    you carry the vanilla but not the above. would be great if these two items would be carried in your store as these are staples on our shopping list.
    thank you!

  27. consowheeler steppes December 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I’am requesting a new order for store 0046 please order Alaga syrup cane flavor product of Whitfield foods. 1-334-263-2541, located in Montgomery,Alabama 36101. I have to travel 72 miles to purchase this product. It is very hard find sharp Colby long horn cheese in Moreno Valley,Ca. I always shop in this store it will be nice to purchase everything in one store which is down the street were I live. Thank you. hope to see these two in the store soon .

  28. ken naze December 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    loyal customer at temecula store.However there is a brand of ice cream with the Umpqua label that you discontinued.The flavor name was Bordeaux Cherry.A very popular flavor.I’m utterly stomp why you would let it go. Unfortunatly it was the only flavor in your entire ice cream selection that I liked.Please tell me you are bringing it back. Ken

  29. john degrande October 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    get rid of those cinnamon cones when you go in the door of the store they make me sick and others or you will be cleaning up the floor

  30. Barbra Page June 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    My friends and family just love the Tequila chicken wings/legs; which I believe are a product from Tyson.
    Recently we have not been able to find the product in your store in Spokane, WA. This was the only store we could find our favorite appetizer.

    We would all love it if you would bring it back to our local market!

    Regards,

    Allen & Barbra Page

  31. Norma Harris April 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Tigard community would like some help in fighting Walmart from opening a superstore in our neighborhood – right across the street from your Tigard store. We fought it once and was successful. Then Target was going to build in that space. We think this was a BIG scam. Now they are back. The city has issued the permit. Can you help us????

  32. Randy January 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    I shop at the Bakersfield store weekly. If you track sales, you can check it out. I have been disheartened last 2 visits. I found Tru Moo Choc milk in 1/2 and gallons replaced by Horchetta(which I will never buy). I have found overripe bananas, No Sweat Baby Rays regular BBQ sauce. And last week, no eggs unless you want 5 dozen. Are you having issues with your computerized reordering system or is it you just don’t care? There are three other grocery stores and a Wal Mart within 2 miles. Just because some of your prices are low doesn’t guarantee you a customer. BTW, I shop at Vons for Code Red because the Pepsi flunky won’t leave any at your store. Just to let you know, Frito Lay is doing a good job marketing product. One major physical issue with the store is that the sewer vents at the front of the store making for an occasional wonderful stink. Since “everything speaks.” the stink is a powerful welcome mat that sets off the visit in a less than desirable way.

  33. Jim January 23, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

    LOL This is NOT the WINCO website. If you go to the actual WINCO website they have ads, store locations, coupons, hours, location, etc all available.
    It is SAD Rose has had such a bad experience. I love our local WINCO. There are plenty of registers, lots of very good prices, best produce section I have ever seen, and very generous, friendly, helpful employees. Larry you should go to the actual WINCO website to request the ads be E-mailed to you. And Michele the ACTUAL website will be a much better place to research your request to have a store located near you. The website is http://www.wincofoods.com/ . Enjoy

    Jim

  34. Michele Boucher January 21, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I am a loyal Winco shopper from CA. Just recently had to relocate to the Charlotte, NC area. This is a beautiful area and is one of the top 10 relocation destinations in the country. However, it has one major fault – grocery options are limited, and prices are incredibly high.

    There are 3 primary grocery store chains in this area (Harris Teeter, Food Lion & Walmart), and food costs are outrageously high. Other independents like Whole Foods and Trader Joes have recently come to the area – however, their prices are also at the upper end. The demographics are great for a Winco, and there are several locations currently available to accommodate the square footage typical of a Winco store. What would it take for me to encourage Winco to look into expanding into the Charlotte, NC area? I am a working professional, however, I am willing to spend whatever amount of time is required to support the research needed for Winco to serioiusly consider expansion to this area.

    Regards, Michele

  35. Larry Ranne January 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    If you publish a weeekly or monthly advertisement, please e-mail me a copy. Thank you, Larry

  36. rose harris August 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    you never put out any adds no sales why not..you must be operated by the marmons from boice

    • Kathy F September 18, 2014 at 10:40 am - Reply

      That is one way we keep our prices lower .
      Why spend millions a year on print ads?
      Word of mouth, and your shopping experience
      Works!

    • Carol July 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Ummmm no, they are employee owned.

  37. rose harris August 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    you say you are the low price leader..not true lastv week your bananas were 57 cents a lb walmart was 52 cents your dark hershy bar the large one is 2.24 cents walmarts are 197 your sweet potatoes are 116 cents walmart is 89 cents..you dont carry much sugar free foods for diebetics walmart does..there are many things you are higher on…and you never have enough check stands open so its stand and wait rose harris

    • l maxwell March 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      then why do walmart employees shop at WINCO????

      • Norma Harris April 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Good question – are they nuts???

    • Lynn Zehms February 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      But Winco DOES have sugarless things, you need to look harder.

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