Super One Foods

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For other uses, see Super 1. For other supermarket chains named "Super 1", see Super 1 Foods.

Super One
Type Private
Industry Retail (Grocery & Discount)
Founded Grand Rapids, Michigan (1943)[1]
Headquarters Hermantown, Minnesota, U.S. (near Duluth)
Number of locations 31[2]
Key people Tony and Ida Miner, Founders[1]
Jim Miner, CEO[1]
Products Groceries, Specialty Foods, General Merchandise
Employees Aprox. 1,500
Website Super One Website
Super One Foods Store.jpg

Super One Foods is a chain of Supermarkets, with 31 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and North Dakota.[2] 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, and a Duluth store is named Woodland Marketplace.


In 1943, Tony and Ida Miner opened a tavern in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[2] 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.[2]

Tony and Ida built their first grocery store, Miner´s Market, on the west side of Grand Rapids. By 1954, the family had added on to the original store and changed the name to Piggly Wiggly.[1]

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.[1]

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 31.[1]

The most recent location is a large store on East Second Street of Superior, Wisconsin, built in 2014. Previously, the project had been delayed for over a year, wile the owner of some adjacent real estate near the proposed site refused to sell.[3]


There are currently 21 locations in Minnesota, 4 in Wisconsin, 5 in Upper Michigan, and one store in North Dakota.[4]

The Super One store in International Falls, Minnesota is under different ownership. However, Miner's Inc., owns a County Market store there.[5]

Most stores have an in-store bakery and deli.

Charitable giving[edit]

Super One has supported charitable causes that promote the health, education and the well being of the community it serves.[6]

One example has been a fundraiser benefiting Solvay Hospice House, in Duluth.[7] 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.[7]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Super One website". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Super One website". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fox 21 News - Duluth MN". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Super One website". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Super One website". Retrieved 16 Aug 2014. 
  6. ^ "Super One website". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Fox 21 News - Duluth, MN". Retrieved 25 May 2013.