Dahl's Foods

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Dahl's Foods
Type Private
Industry Retail (grocery)
Founded 1931
Founders W.T. Dahl
Number of locations 10 (2014)
Area served Des Moines, Iowa
Website dahlsfoods.com

Dahl's Foods is a grocery store headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa with 13 stores in the Des Moines area.


Dahl's Foods was founded by W.T. Dahl in 1931. The first store was a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) facility located on Des Moines' east side. The first Dahl's supermarket opened in 1948 and was the first supermarket bakery between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.

Another store opened in 1952 featuring a scratch bakery, pharmacy, and a lunch counter, uncommon for a grocery store at that time. At the same store, until 1963, customers could drive to the corner of the parking lot to a small brick building known as the "Dahl House" where their groceries, already transported underground, would be available for pick up.

In 1981, Dahl's Food was the site of the world's first grocery purchase using a debit card. Proving successful, all stores were equipped with ATM POS terminals by 1983.[1]

On May 9, 2014 Dahl's announced that it would close stores in Ames and Ankeny, leaving the chain with 11 stores.[2]

On 31 August 2014 Dahl's announced that it will close another store in West Des Moines.[3]


  1. ^ "About Dahl's". Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Dahl's closing Ankeny and Ames stores Patt Johnson, Des Moines Register, May 9, 2014
  3. ^ Dahl's closing third metro store Patt Johnson, Des Moines Register, August 31, 2014

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