|Headquarters||Boise, Idaho, U.S.|
|Number of locations||89|
|Key people||Gary Piva, Chairman
Steven Goddard, President/CEO
Richard Charrier, COO
David Butler, CFO
|Revenue||US$4.73 billion (2011)|
WinCo Foods, Inc. is a privately held, majority employee-owned American supermarket chain based in Boise, Idaho with retail stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Texas. It previously operated stores as Waremart Food Centers and Cub Foods until 1999. As of 2013, it has 89 retail stores and four distribution centers with 14,200 employees.
In 1967, it was founded in Boise, Idaho as Waremart by Ralph Ward and Bud Williams. In 1985, an employee stock ownership plan purchased a majority interest of Waremart from the Ward family, giving Waremart employees an ownership stake in the company.
In January 1991, Waremart opened an 82,000 square-foot store in Boise to replace the two older Boise stores. At the time, Waremart was operating 16 stores in the Northwest and had reported annual sales of more than $300 million.
In early 2009, it opened its first two stores in the Spokane, Washington, area. In October, 2009, WinCo expanded to Utah, adding two stores in West Valley City and Midvale. An additional Utah store opened in Roy on June 28, 2010. bringing the total number of stores expanded to Utah to five. WinCo previously operated stores in Utah under the Waremart banner prior to company's name change.
In January 2011, WinCo began signing leases for an expansion to Southern Nevada and Arizona. The chain opened stores in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, on March 4, 2012. The company's first two Arizona stores opened on April 1, 2012 in the Phoenix area. The company has plans to open multiple locations in Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
WinCo Foods is based in Boise, Idaho. It was founded in 1967 and most of the company ownership is held by current and former employees through an employee stock ownership plan. WinCo currently operates four distribution centers in Woodburn, Oregon; Myrtle Creek, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; and Modesto, California, and has a total of just over 14,000 employees company-wide.
It reduces operating expenses by directly purchasing from manufacturers and farmers, not accepting credit cards, having basic stores, and not providing bagging service.
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