Super One Foods
|Industry||Retail (Grocery & Discount)|
|Founded||Grand Rapids, Michigan (1943)|
|Headquarters||Hermantown, Minnesota, U.S. (near Duluth)|
|Number of locations||33|
|Key people||Tony and Ida Miner, Founders
Jim Miner, CEO
|Products||Groceries, Specialty Foods, General Merchandise|
|Website||Super One Website|
Super One Foods is a chain of Supermarkets, with 33 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and North Dakota. The chain is owned and operated by Miner's, Inc., a privately held company. A small number of the stores in the chain are branded as U-Save Foods.
In 1943, Tony and Ida Miner opened a tavern in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When Tony noticed that many customers left early in the evening so they could buy their bread and milk before their nearby grocery store closed for the day, he added a milk cooler and bread to the items he sold. Thus was the beginning of their entry into the grocery business.
In 1963, the Miners opened their second store in Virginia, Minnesota. Two years later, the family moved to Duluth and opened a third store in Duluth´s Woodland neighborhood. Shortly thereafter they made this location their headquarters because it was located close to one of their major suppliers.
Tony and Ida retired in 1975 and their son Jim became president of the company. Around this time, as the company was building a new warehouse in Duluth, the stores were re-branded with the name Super One. The store in Cloquet, Minnesota was the first to receive a Super One sign in 1977. Since then, many other Super One locations have been opened, with a current total of 33.
As of May 2013, plans are in progress for a new store on the east side of Superior, Wisconsin. This project had been delayed for over a year, wile the owner of some adjacent real estate near the proposed site refused to sell.
There are currently 21 locations in Minnesota, 6 in Wisconsin, 5 in Upper Michigan, and one store in North Dakota.
Super One has supported charitable causes that promote the health, education and the well being of the community it serves.
One example has been a fundraiser benefiting Solvay Hospice House, in Duluth. A local hospital foundation partnered with Super One for several years in a row, to sell $1 ornaments. More than $30,000 has been raised for the hospice house, according to the organizers.