|Founded||1899Chicago, Illinois, U.S.in|
|Founder||Frank Vernon Skiff|
|Headquarters||Itasca, Illinois, U.S.|
Number of locations
|Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana|
|Mike Withers, President|
|Products||Bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks and flowers|
American Stores (1984–1999)
Jewel-Osco is a regional supermarket chain in the Chicago metropolitan area, headquartered in Itasca, a western suburb. In 2007, the company had 188 stores across northern, central, and western Illinois; eastern Iowa; and portions of northwest Indiana. Jewel-Osco has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Boise-based Albertsons since 1999. The company originally started as a door-to-door coffee delivery service before it expanded into delivering non-perishable groceries and later into grocery stores, and supermarkets. Prior to its 1984 acquisition by American Stores, Jewel evolved into a large multi-state holding company that operated several supermarket chains and other non-food retail chain stores located from coast to coast and had operated under several different brand names.
Beginnings with home deliveries
In 1899, Frank Vernon Skiff founded Jewel in Chicago as a door-to-door coffee delivery service. In 1902, Skiff partnered with his brother-in-law Frank P. Ross, renaming the venture the Jewel Tea Company. By 1903, they had six routes, then 12 routes in 1904 with expansion into Michigan City, Kankakee, and Kewanee. There were 850 routes by 1915. In the late 1900s, it ran a "coffee train" that composed of 40 cars carrying coffee beans that were exported from South America.
During WWI, the company faced soaring costs for materials and production. Compounding this, the US government commandeered a key Jewel production facility. As a result, by 1919 the company was experiencing severe financial setbacks. Within a few years, it returned to profitability through the leadership of new company officials: retired Commanders John M. Hancock and Maurice H. Karker, who had both gained extensive logistics experience as US Navy supply officers during the war.
In 1929, the company built a new office, warehouse, and coffee roasting facility in suburban Barrington, Illinois, creating hundreds of local jobs despite the Great Depression. The Barrington location served as the headquarters and main warehouse facility for both the home delivery and food store divisions until the completion of the new warehouse and office complex at Melrose Park in 1953.
In 1949, deliveries were provided on 1876 routes in 43 states to customers mostly in small towns. Customers in cities could visit 154 company-owned grocery stores.
Later, the service expanded to include 350 grocery and 10,000 general merchandise items by 1981 when Jewel decided to sell its "Jewel Home Shopping Service" division to its employees and divest itself from its roots. At the time of the divesture, the division provided service to customers in mostly small towns located along 1000 routes in 42 states. The division became a 700-member owned cooperative called "J.T.'s General Store" in which each route sales persons were independent self-employed agents.
In October 1994, a group of the company's managers acquired the assets of "J.T.'s General Store" and "created J.T. Dealers Sales and Service". By 1995, "J.T. Dealer Sales and Service" was providing service to 60,000 customers along 250 routes in 35 states.
The company's expansion continued throughout the mid-20th century. In 1932, Jewel acquired the Chicago unit of the Canadian firm Loblaw Groceterias, Inc., then a chain of 77 self-service stores, as well as four Chicago grocery stores operated by the Middle West Stores Company, and began operating them under the name Jewel Food Stores. In 1934, Jewel Food Stores merged with Jewel Tea Company. In 1937, Jewel Tea Company purchased an eight-story building in Chicago's Central Manufacturing District, which served as Jewel Food Stores' headquarters until 1954.
The name of the parent company remained "Jewel Tea Company" until 1967 when the stockholders voted to change the name to Jewel Companies, Inc. to better reflect the expansion of the company into different markets. In 1967, the company went public and its stock was traded on the Midwest Stock Exchange.
Eisner acquisition and expansion south
In 1957, Jewel acquired the Champaign-based Eisner Food Stores, located in downstate Illinois and later in west central Indiana (Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Bloomington). This acquisition was significant since it was the first time Jewel maintained the new acquisition as a separate division within the Jewel organization with the acquired stores keeping their original names, setting the pattern for future acquisitions.
After Jewel's hostile takeover by American Stores in 1984, American Stores decided to save money by merging Eisner directly into Jewel, converting all stores to the Jewel name and slowly started to sell off the former Eisner properties. One of the first properties to let go was the former Eisner warehouse facility in Champaign in 1986. With the Champaign warehouse facility gone, many former Eisner locations became less profitable since they had to be serviced from the more distant Jewel warehouse at Melrose Park, justifying the elimination of those locations. The west central Indiana stores, three in Lafayette and two in Bloomington, were sold off in 1990. Jewel also closed central Illinois locations that were formerly Eisner in Decatur (in 1995), Champaign-Urbana (in 1998), and Springfield (2006).
Non-food retail expansion
In 1961, Jewel acquired two growing non-food related retail chains, Chicago-based Osco Drug stores, and Brighton, Massachusetts-based Turn Style discount department stores, to complement their food store division when building one-stop shopping destinations, such as the new Family Centers and Jewel-Osco (Eisner-Osco, Star-Osco, Buttrey-Osco) food-drug combinations. The acquisition of both Osco and Turn Style allowed Jewel to expand into non-food related retailing that would complement their existing food retailing business and also to expand the geographic range of its main food distribution business since the non-food companies had a different geographical footprint.
Jewel expanded into the home improvement retail market by acquiring Republic Lumber in 1972.
During the 1960s, Jewel expanded by acquiring several chains.
Jewel expanded their food store holdings by acquiring Cambridge-based Star Market in 1964 and the Great Falls-based Buttrey Food Stores in 1966 to add to their existing Jewel and Eisner food store chains.
Before 1970 Jewel stores were typically located on arterial city streets. Between 1970 and 1990, Jewel moved or expanded most of its stores to be freestanding buildings with ample parking. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Jewel built and operated many Jewel-Osco side-by-side stores, but most construction after 1983 consolidated Jewel and Osco stores together as one large store under one roof. Today, the two stores present to the customer as one unit; for instance, a customer can check out any items at Jewel or Osco registers, find Jewel and Osco merchandise commingled throughout the store, and can call one telephone number to reach their Jewel-Osco. However, each operating unit keeps its own separate marketing identity to the public as a "food store" or a "drug store".
The first Jewel-Osco food-drug combination stores were built in 1962.
In 1971, Jewel expanded their brand into Wisconsin by acquiring eight failing stores from Kroger and rebranded the stores Jewel. After a decade of operations, Jewel closed all their stores in Wisconsin in 1980. Those locations were sold to Sentry Foods. Jewel did not return to Wisconsin until 1995.
Until 2010, Jewel and Osco stores under the same roof have had separate operations, managers, ordering and receiving procedures, budgets, and employees. A 2010 cost-saving measure brought both Jewel and Osco oversight under one store director for each site.
In 1978, Jewel Companies, Inc. attempted to acquire Skaggs Companies, Inc. through an exchange in stock in which Jewel would have been the surviving company and still based in Melrose Park instead of Salt Lake City. A few months later, Skaggs turned down the merger offer. At that time, Skaggs had 229 stores.
After six years, Jewel suffered many losses due to failing marketing concepts and general mismanagement while Skaggs became larger and strong enough to perform a hostile take over of Jewel under its new name, American Stores.
American Stores made an offer to acquire the Jewel Companies in 1984. The Jewel Companies, Inc. chairman Weston Christopherson was opposed to a merger and Sam Skaggs subsequently engineered a hostile takeover. On June 1, 1984, American Stores tendered an offer worth $1.1 billion for 67% of Jewel's outstanding shares at $70 per share.
For two weeks, Jewel's management refused to comment on the offer, maintaining its silence even at a stormy shareholder's meeting before which Jewel shareholder groups controlling 20% of the company's stock were in favor of negotiating with American Stores. On June 14, Sam Skaggs and Jewel president Richard Cline reached an agreement after an all-night bargaining session. American Stores raised its bid for Jewel's preferred stock, increasing the total bid to $1.15 billion in cash and securities. In return, Jewel dropped plans for a defensive acquisition of Household International Inc. (parent company of California supermarket chain Vons) and accepted American Stores' offer. American Stores soon sold Buttrey Food Stores (in 1990), Star Market (in 1994), and White Hen Pantry (in 1985), to pay off debt and for other reasons.
1990s expansion under American Stores
In 1989, American Stores expanded to Florida using the Jewel-Osco name, but operating as a separate division distinct from the Midwestern Jewel-Osco operations. The Jewel name returned to Florida five years after the company closed all of its Jewel-T discount food stores in 1984. Florida was considered a good market for Jewel because of the high number of Chicagoans who had relocated to that state. After three years of operations, American Stores closed those Jewel-Osco stores and sold them to Albertsons in 1992.
To consolidate the names of some of its subsidiaries under one title with nationwide recognition, American Stores renamed some of its Skaggs-Alpha Beta stores to Jewel-Osco in mid-September 1991. American replaced the Skaggs-Alpha Beta name with that of Jewel-Osco on all 76 stores in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas, expanding the chain toward the southwestern states. Within six months, American Stores sold all of the Jewel-Osco locations in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida to Albertsons but kept the locations in the state of New Mexico for a few more years.
In 1998, American Stores rebranded the Jewel-Osco stores in New Mexico to Lucky/Sav-on, a grocery store/drug store brand which American Stores had used in neighboring Arizona. After the acquisition of American Stores by Albertsons just a few months later, the New Mexico stores were rebranded again to Albertsons Sav-on in 1999.
Under American Stores, Jewel returned to Wisconsin by opening a Jewel-Osco store in a new shopping center in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1995. Jewel returned to Milwaukee in 1998 by purchasing a Pick 'n Save store and four Cub Foods stores and converting them into Jewel Osco stores.
Albertsons and SuperValu
Seven years later, parent company Albertsons and its stores would be taken over by two separate groups. On May 30, 2006, shareholders approved the break-up of Albertsons. All Jewel-Osco and Jewel Food Stores outside of Springfield, Illinois were now wholly owned by SuperValu. The Springfield stores were acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management. Both of those have since been sold to Niemann Foods, an independent operator of grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores in Central Illinois which now operates them under the County Market brand. All free-standing Osco drugstores are now owned by CVS Pharmacy. The Osco name is still used for pharmacies within Albertsons, Jewel, Shaw's and Star Market.
SuperValu announced on January 5, 2007, that it would offer for sale its Jewel-Osco stores in the Milwaukee area. Pick 'n Save agreed to take 5 of the 15 stores. Two other stores were purchased by Lena's Food Market. SuperValu announced to its workers that the remaining stores, if unsold, would close at the end of March.
In 2008, the headquarters for the Illinois-based Jewel-Osco division was moved from Melrose Park to Itasca.
In 1997, Albertsons experimented by adding gas pumps and a small convenience store in front one of its stores in Eagle, Idaho. Since the experiment was successful, Albertsons decided to expand this concept to all stores that would be able to support it and was allowed by local governmental zoning. The new concept was called Albertsons Express.
After Albertsons acquired American Stores in 1999, Albertsons wanted to expand the Albertsons Express concept to the former American Stores chains. The first Jewel Express was opened in front of a Jewel-Osco in South Elgin in October 2000.
In attempt to increase revenue in 2009, Supervalu enhanced the Express concept by enlarging the convenience store, added more marketing tie ins with the main store, and even added a car wash. This change did not help Supervalu's bottom line so in 2011 Supervalu announced that it was exiting the fuel business and that it would sell or close all fuel stations that it received when it purchased Albertsons which includes the 29 Jewel Express stations that it received. The same announcement said that 27 of the Jewel Express locations would be sold to Alimentation Couche-Tard, the parent of Circle K, and all remaining unsold locations would be closed. Some of these new Circle K locations were paired with the Shell fuel brand.
Not all Jewel Express locations closed or converted to Circle K. Two Expresses, one in East Moline, Illinois and the other in Moline, Illinois continue with the Jewel Express concept.[original research?]
In 2008, SuperValu converted one of its closed Sunflower Market stores on Clybourn Avenue to an Urban Fresh by Jewel, a smaller store than the usual Jewel, with more upscale and organic products. This store closed on October 31, 2009, and no other stores were opened under this banner.
In October 2008, Jewel-Osco opened its first LEED certified store at Kinzie and Des Plaines in Chicago. This new store was built with recycled materials and recycled 98% of its construction debris. It featured a rooftop garden, used water-saving devices, had non-ozone-depleting refrigerants in cooling equipment, used a refrigerant detection system, and had energy efficient lighting.
Jewel-Osco employs more than 45,000 associates. Its customer base gave it a 45% share of the grocery market in Chicago, trailed by the Safeway Inc.-owned Dominick's chain (ranking second at 15 percent) before its closure. Consumers from 80% of all households in the Chicago metropolitan area visit a Jewel-Osco store at least once a month.
Acquisition of Strack & Van Til
On May 15, 2017, Jewel-Osco made a bid to purchase all 19 Strack & Van Til grocery stores for $100 million. The Jewel-Osco bid was ultimately unsuccessful and the stores were sold in the bankruptcy auction to the Strack and Van Til families and the Indiana Grocery Group.
Over the years, Jewel has tried other concepts and ideas. It is credited with selling the first generic brand product line in 1977. The packaging had no name or pictures—just a list of contents, UPC, and required nutritional information on a white package with a pseudo-army-surplus, olive-green stripe. The generic line was given the brand "Econo Buy" in the early 1990s.
Jewel Grand Bazaar
In 1973, Jewel Companies opened an experimental Jewel Grand Bazaar, on the southwest side of Chicago; a store that encompassed an entire city block at the northwest corner of 54th Street and Pulaski Road. This store featured bulk packaging, free samples on weekends, and 24-hour service. See photos: photos Archived 2004-12-13 at the Wayback Machine This experimental store was in service from 1973 until the 1980s, when it was reformatted as a standard Jewel-Osco combo store. A second Grand Bazaar was opened in 1974 at 87 W. 87th St in Chicago and in 1977, a "Jewel Grand Bazaar" was opened at 6505 W. Diversey in the Brickyard Mall. A fourth location was opened in Franklin Park in 1975.
During the 1990s, the Diversey Avenue Grand Bazaar was reformatted to a regular Jewel grocery store, but continued to carry some of the traditional "Grand Bazaar" features such as bulk foods. With the reconstruction of the Brickyard Mall in 2003, the Grand Bazaar store was demolished and replaced with a smaller Jewel grocery store.[original research?] Rockford, Illinois also had a Jewel Grand Bazaar that opened in 1976 and was converted to a non-union Magna store in 1983. That store closed in 1997. There was also one on Grand Ave. and Kostner Ave. on Chicago's West side. The last "Grand Bazaar" format store was opened in 1975 at Grand ave. and Mannheim road in Franklin Park, Illinois. This building is currently[when?] being operated as a Jewel-Osco. Neither the Chicago Tribune nor the Chicago Sun-Times record when these stores were actually converted or closed.
In 1961, Jewel Companies, then Jewel Tea, acquired a chain of discount stores in the Chicago area called Turn Style. This chain was moderately successful throughout the 1960s. Some locations were combined with Jewel's supermarket brands to form Family Centers. In 1978, 19 of 22 locations were sold to May Department Stores and converted to the Venture format. Other stores were converted into large Osco Drug Stores.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Jewel Companies operated a no-frills grocery chain called Jewel T (phonetically pronounced "Jewel Tea", as a nod to the former name of the company). The typical store tend to be rather small, 8,000 square feet instead of the typical 30,000 for a full-service supermarket, with a selection rather limited to canned and dry foods and non-perishable, but everything sold at a steep discount.
To avoid cannibalizing sales from their existing markets in the Midwest and North East Atlantic States, the first Jewel T location was opened in New Port Richey, Florida, in 1977, quickly followed by 2 other stores in the St. Petersburg area during the same year. Jewel T expanded into Pennsylvania in 1978 and many suburban Philadelphia kids in this gas crisis era remember mom driving the Vega or Pinto out to Jewel T, and bringing back powdered milk, frozen pretzels, and bulk frozen cherry pielettes. They expanded to Atlanta in 1979. Jewel T had approximately 30 stores in two states at the beginning of 1979 and 44 stores in four states by the following June.
By the end of 1979, Jewel T had 87 stores located in the states of Florida, Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Alabama. In the first month of 1980, Jewel T opened eight stores in highly competitive Southern California. In 1981, Jewel T opened stores in Atlanta and its 150th store in Louisiana.
At its height in 1981, Jewel T operated 150 stores in 10 states located mainly in the Mid-Atlantic, South East, the Gulf Coast, the Deep South, and also Southern California. At the same time it began to start having problems in competing against the full service supermarkets which fought back by dropping prices, in some cases at or below costs, on the same limited items that Jewel T and other discount food stores specialized in stocking. Within a few years, the company began to sell unprofitable locations. By the beginning of 1984, approximately 131 locations remained.
A few months later, 105 stores remained when the chain was finally sold off in two separate transactions in June 1984, 28 stores in Texas were sold to a group of managers while the other 77 stores in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey were sold to Save-A-Lot.
Jewel Companies expanded into the hardware and home improvement business by acquiring Republic Lumber in 1972. In 1979, Jewel, under the Osco division, sold four of its five Republic Lumber locations to R & L Lumber, parent company of Handy Andy Home Improvement Center, and closed the fifth. They were located on the west side of Chicago at 4052 W. Grand Ave (a former Jewel opened in 1957 to celebrate the chain's 25th anniversary), Oak Lawn, Arlington Heights and Chicago Heights. A fifth location in Norridge was closed early in 1979 when the lease was not renewed, which later became a Joseph Lumber location.[original research?]
President's Choice house brand
While as a subsidiary division of American Stores, Jewel-Osco began offering the Canadian staple President's Choice branded products in 1992. President's Choice is a house brand created and distributed by Loblaw Companies Limited of Toronto, Ontario. Loblaw makes extra money by offering their President's Choice to other retailers who do not compete in their home marketing areas. Under American Stores' marketing agreement with Loblaw, American Stores were the exclusive distributor of the President's Choice brand within each American Stores, marketing area. The marketing agreement between Jewel and Loblaw ceased when Albertsons acquired American Stores. In 2011, Supervalu replaced the house brand at Jewel with their own Culinary Circle and Wild Harvest private label brands.
A 1972 book written by Jewel senior leaders, The Jewel Concepts, stressed good citizenship within the community, "watching the horizon", and sponsorship of young people.
In an Illinois Retail Merchants Association online article, retired Jewel-Osco chairman Don Perkins reflects, "Jewel has a tradition of people orientation." One of these traditions came in the form of the "first assistant" philosophy of management. Each higher-level manager was to see himself or herself as serving the employees he or she managed. On the store level, this would mean that the manager would be the "first assistant" to the employees by making personal contact and taking personal interest, solving problems, suggesting solutions, and using flexibility in order to best serve the employees' concerns. Then the floor employees' duty was to be in service as the "first assistant" to the customers.
Jewel also was progressive in creating partnerships with vendors, at a time when the practice was rare.
- Albertsons LLC owns these Jewel-Osco stores:
- Jewel-Osco and Jewel stores (168 stores), located in Chicago metro area, including northwestern Indiana.
- Jewel-Osco and Jewel stores (10 stores), located in Central and Western Illinois and Clinton, Iowa.
- These former Jewel-Osco or Jewel stores are now owned by Niemann Foods and were rebranded as County Market
- Jewel-Osco (2 stores) located in Springfield, Illinois (originally acquired by Cerberus).
- All freestanding Osco drugstores (90 stores in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin) were sold to CVS and rebranded as CVS/pharmacy.
- The two locations in southern Wisconsin, located just north of the border in Kenosha and Racine, have both closed.
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Jewel-Osco Headquarters 150 E.Pierce Rd., Itasca, IL 60143
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Eisner Food Stores in Bloomington opened this week with a new name. Jewel Food Stores. the name of the parent company, and a new look. Jewel purchased the Champaign. Ill.-based Eisner Food Store in the 1960s. The first Bloomington Eisner store and a sister Osco Drug Store was opened at 514 College Mall Road in 1970 and was remodeled in 1977. A second Eisner, which also included an Osco Drug Store, was opened in the Whitehall Plaza shopping Center in 1982. Jewel, the suburban Chicago-based regional chain of over 200 super-markets in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan, was founded over half century ago, In 1984 Jewel was acquired by American Stores Co.
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Bloomington's two Jewel Food Stores will close Jan. 10, the company announced late Tuesday. The assets of the stores - one at 512 College Mall Road and the other in Whitehall Plaza - will be purchased by Wetterau Inc., the St. Louis, Mo.-based food distributor that has a large warehouse and distribution operation in Bloomington. The east-side Jewel is expected to become a Mr. D's and the west-side store to become an IGA. Jewel came to Bloomington about 10 years ago when it purchased the Eisner Co., which operated the 512 College Mall Road store. The west-side Jewel/Osco opened in Whitehall Plaza when it was built.
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The city's two Jewel stores will close Jan. 28, laying off 115 workers, the company announced Saturday. Both stores were formerly called Eisner. The name was changed in the mid-1980s when Jewel Food Stores, the parent company, was bought by American Store Co.
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The two Jewel-Osco stores in Springfield are expected to close by early fall, apparently for renovation and new ownership.
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Skaggs Alpha Beta, a chain of 76 grocery and drug stores in the Southwest, has changed names to match subsidiaries of its parent company. Jewel Osco is now the name of the stores in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Richardson-based chain is owned by American Stores Cos. of Salt Lake City, which also owns Jewel Food Stores and Osco Drug Stores. The name change will improve company efficiency by allowing it to use private label products from both Jewel and Osco, said Michael Miller, president of the Skaggs division that will now be called Jewel Southern.Link via ProQuest.
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Banners were taken down at Jewel Osco and Osco Drug stores all over the state Wednesday, unveiling the stores' new names -- Lucky/Sav-on and Sav-on, respective
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- Baca, Aaron (September 10, 1999). "Stores Get New Name". Albuquerque Journal. p. B4.
The supermarket switch continues in Albuquerque as seven of the former Lucky Sav-on stores here have reopened this week under the new name of Albertsons Sav-on.
- Engel, Larry (April 11, 1994). "Jewel Considers Return To State At Kenosha Mall". Milwaukee Sentinel. pp. 1D, 23D.
Jewel Companies Inc., which sold its supermarkets in Wisconsin and left the state in 1980, may soon return. ...could led to Jewel opening a combination Jewel Food Store and Osco Drug Store at a shopping center being developed in Kenosha. Jewel entered the Wisconsin supermarket scene in 1971 when it bought six Kroger stores in the Milwaukee area, and had plans to open as many as 20 stores. At one, time Jewel operated 13 supermarkets in the Milwaukee area. Jewel closed three of its 13 supermarkets in the spring of 1980 and that fall sold all 13 stores to the Godfrey Co., the Waukesha-based owner and operator of Sentry Food Stores.
- "Jewel scouting Milwaukee sites". Milwaukee Business Journal. January 12, 1997.
Jewel already has opened a grocery-drugstore in Kenosha, the first Jewel store in Wisconsin since 1978, when the grocery store chain closed its last seven stores and sold them to two area retailers.
- "Jewel-Osco exploring central city supermarket". Milwaukee Business Journal. February 8, 1998.
Earlier this year, Jewel-Osco announced it was buying five Milwaukee-area stores: a Pick 'n Save store and four Cub Foods stores. The company earlier had identified five other metro Milwaukee sites on which it planned to develop new Jewel-Osco combination stores. In the 1970s, Jewel built a chain of 13 stores in metro Milwaukee, but closed the last of them in 1978. Back then, Jewel Foods and Osco Drugs weren't linked.
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- Schmeltzer, John (January 9, 2007). "SuperValu in talks to sell 15 Jewel grocery stores in Milwaukee area". Chicago Tribune. p. 3.1.
The parent company of Jewel-Osco is selling its 15 Milwaukee- area Jewel stores in its first review of the 1,100 grocery stores it acquired last year.Alternate Link via ProQuest.
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Albertson's has proven the concept works. It first added gas pumps in November 1997 at its store in Eagle, Idaho. Since then, pumps have gone in at Albertson's in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.
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For example, Albertson's has announced a 500-site goal in the next five years. Albertson's Chicago-area chain, Jewel Food Stores, is already ramping up for the gasoline offer. "The whole idea for fuel centers came to us when we were acquired by Albertson's in 1999," said Karen Ramos, spokesperson for Albertson's Jewel Food Stores that serve the Chicago area. "There were about a 150 Albertson's selling gasoline nationwide and we could see that it's a great convenience for customers to buy fuel while they're buying groceries. This program has been very much a success.Link via ProQuest.
- Gallun, Alby F. (October 2, 2000). "Dominick's set to give it the gas". Crain's Chicago Business. Vol. 23, no. 41. p. 3.
Melrose Park-based jewel, the largest Chicago-area grocery chain, will open its first Jewel Express in the area on Wednesday. The gas station, built in the parking lot of an operating supermarket in South Elgin, will include six pumps and a 2,000-square-foot convenience store. Jewel expects to open three more gas stations by yearend, and has targeted as many as 30 Chicago-area sites for development.Link via ProQuest.
- "Jewel-Osco Joins Fight Against Diabetes". PR Newswire. November 2, 2000. p. 1.
Jewel-Osco is the only Midwest retailer operating both combination food and drug stores and freestanding drug stores. Of the retailer's 275 locations, 191 are combination Jewel-Osco stores and 84 are freestanding Osco Drug stores. The first Jewel Express fuel center opened in South Elgin in October of 2000. Jewel-Osco is the Midwest Region of Albertson's, Inc.Link via ProQuest.
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Jewel Companies, Onc.'s first Grand Bazaar, which opened last September is serving 30,000 customers a week. The store, at 5320 S. Pulaski Rd., is expected to have food sales of "close to $20 million a year." ...60,000 square feet of space... Jewel has two more Grand Bazaar units under construction which are scheduled to open this summer.
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Jewel Food Stores said it will open its fourth Jewel Grand Bazaar Thursday. The facility - the first suburban Grand Bazaar-is the new Frand Plaza Shopping Center in Franklin Park. It will replace the existing store next door at 10135 W. Grand Av.
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locations in Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Illinois.
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Jewel Ts are by industry standards not warehouse but limited assortment stores. A limited assortment store is bare-bones, low priced merchandising that reduces services and carries fewer than 1,000 items with few, if any, perishables. The average Jewel T in Florida has 8,000 square feet of marketable space compared to the average size of a typical 29,600-square foot supermarket. Canned and dry foods and non-perishables are available at Jewel Ts, and limited frozen meat sections will be introduced in early fall. There are no fresh produce or meat sections and freezer space is fractional. In early September the 27 Jewel T stores in Florida will be renamed Save-A-Lot Food Stores. Jewel T Discount Grocery stores in Florida and Philadelphia were acquired in August 1984 by St. Louis-based Moran Stores, Inc.
- Levin, Doron (April 6, 1979). "President of Jewel T credits feminism, but prefers to talk shop". St. Petersburg Times. p. 8C.
Since 1977 when Jewel T opened its first store in New Port Richey, the chain has grown rapidly to 34 stores in Central Florida and Pennsylvania. Next month Jewel enters Georgia with three new stores in Atlanta.
- "Discount Groceries Tackle Supermarts". St. Petersburg Times. April 5, 1977. p. 7B.
Already open are two stores, in New Port Richey and in St. Petersburg. A third store opens April 13 in Bradenton. First to open a few weeks ago was the New Port Richey store, with six cash regiistera in just 6,000-sq. ft. of a former hardware store in U.S. 19, and already Jewel has been forced to enlarge the parking lot to handle the customers.
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Jewel has 23 Jewel T stores in Florida and seven in eastern Pennsylvania. And Jewel T is about to crack the Atlanta market as part of an expansion.
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The new markets that Jewel intends to enter are Texas and California. The company already operates 44 Jewel T discount stores in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
- "Jewel T Grocery Store Chain, Begun In 1977, Now Has About 80 Stores Open". St. Petersburg Evening Independent. November 26, 1979. p. 11C.
The first Jewel T limited-line discount grocery store opened in the spring of 1977 and today there are approximately 80 in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
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Jewel T, one of the big guys in the limited-assortment discount grocery business, will open eight stores Wednesday in the greater Los Angeles area.
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Jewel T Discount Groceries has opened its 150th store in LaGrange, La. The New Port Richey-based chain opened in 1977.
- Rouse, Ewart (August 26, 1981). "Troubles Mount for No-frills Markets". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. E01.
Chicago-based Jewel Co. now operates 150 box stores in seven states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, through its Jewel T. Discount division. ...What went wrong? Too much competition. If a big store cuts its prices in line with the box store, then the reason for the box store's existence disappears.
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Jewel Cos. said it closed its 21 Jewel T discount grocery stores opened over the past four years in Southern California. The stores weren't profitable. The company said it would continue to operate 110 limited-service discount grocery stores in Texas, Florida and Philadelphia.
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Moran Stores Inc., operator of the Save-A-Lot chain in the Midwest, bought the Philadelphia area Jewel-T stores for an undisclosed sum. In addition, Moran Stores bought Jewel-T's Florida division, which has 44 outlets in northern Florida and Georgia. The sale of the Philadelphia and Florida stores will mark an end of Jewel's discount food division. The company sold its Jewel-T chain in Texas to an employee group last month. It also had closed outlets in California and the Atlanta area. The average Jewel-T outlet is only 9,000 square feet; an average supermarket measures 20,000 square feet. Inventory of a Jewel-T store is limited and heavily discounted. An outlet has about 1,000 products on its shelves, while a supermarket may have about 10 times that number.Alternate Link via NewsBank.
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