Our History

A Great Opportunity from Day One

From a single store in 1977, Save-a-Lot has grown into one of the largest U.S. grocery chains. Since our inception, our objective has been to deliver high quality foods at a great value to our customers.

1977

While working for a grocery wholesaler in the mid-'70s, company founder, Bill Moran identified an opportunity for small grocers to compete against emerging mega-stores and created Save-A-Lot's limited assortment business model. When the first store opened in Cahokia, IL, in 1977, the format was immediately successful.

1978

That same year, General Grocer Co. adopted Moran's idea of the carefully selected assortment format and opened five additional stores in the St. Louis, MO area. Within a year, word-of-mouth advertising helped spread awareness and Save-A-Lot expanded to 29 locations.

1980

By 1980, Save-A-Lot added 52 locations and opened a warehouse in Jackson, TN.

1983

In 1983, General Grocer sold Save-A-Lot exclusively to Moran.

Store Count & Growth

142

Licensed

+

59

Corporate

=

201

Total Stores

1988

Five years later, Save-A-Lot was acquired by Wetterau Incorporated, a St. Louis–based food wholesaler and retailer. During this time, Save-A-Lot expanded aggressively including the purchase of 76 Jewel T stores and two additional warehouses, one in Pennsylvania and one in Florida.

Store Count & Growth

202

Licensed

+

45

Corporate

=

247

Total Stores

1993

In 1993, SUPERVALU INC. acquired Wetterau and, with it, Save-A-Lot. Save-A-Lot remains a wholly-owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU.

Store Count & Growth

366

Licensed

+

106

Corporate

=

472

Total Stores

Store Count & Growth

662

Licensed

+

176

Corporate

=

838

Total Stores

Store Count & Growth

821

Licensed

+

280

Corporate

=

1,001

Total Stores

2006

In 2006, Save-A-Lot founder Bill Moran announced his retirement after almost 30 years leading the company. Bill Shaner, a 25-year food industry veteran and former Chief Operating Officer of the company, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Save-A-Lot.

Store Count & Growth

886

Licensed

+

341

Corporate

=

1,227

Total Stores

Store Count & Growth

899

Licensed

+

461

Corporate

=

1,360

Total Stores

Today

Today, Save-A-Lot begins a new chapter when acquired by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corporation on December 5, 2016.
We are now perfectly positioned to be one of the fastest growing grocery retailers in the U.S. where consumers are looking for value like never before.