United Supermarkets

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United Supermarkets
Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded 1916 (102 years ago) (1916)
Headquarters 7830 Orlando Avenue Lubbock, Texas, 79423, United States
Number of locations
95 [1]
Area served
North Texas, West Texas
Key people
Robert Taylor, President
Chris James, COO
Products Bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, Beer and Wine
Revenue $1.4 (est.) billion [2] USD
Number of employees
11,000+ (2014) [1]
Parent Albertsons Companies
Website www.unitedtexas.com

United Supermarkets is a North American supermarket grocery store chain. With headquarters in Lubbock, Texas, its roots go back to 1916, when H.D. Snell opened his first United Cash Store in Sayre, Oklahoma. Today, his legacy has grown to include 95 stores in 30 Texas cities and over 10,000 workers.

History[edit]

United Supermarkets has stores primarily located in North Texas, West Texas, and the Texas Panhandle. The five regions for store locations are: the Lubbock region has 18 stores, the Amarillo region has 13 stores, the Wichita Falls region has eight stores, the Abilene region has five stores, and the Dallas region has seven stores. While it shares the same name as United Supermarkets based in Oklahoma, it technically does business as United Supermarkets, L.L.C. to differentiate from the Oklahoma chain, as they are separate grocery entities.

Today, United Supermarkets is run by the Albertsons chain, and operates as a division of Albertsons.

In addition to the original grocery chain, it has added two other concepts in recent years:

  • Market Street - features take-home cuisine, restaurants, gourmet, and everyday grocery items in one store
  • Amigos United - an international-format store offering a blend of American fare and international cuisine

Dan J. Sanders, who became CEO in June 2004, published a book, Built to Serve, with McGraw-Hill in September 2007. Built to Serve is a management book that stresses the principles on which United was supposedly founded. It focuses on putting people before profits. The foreword was written by Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the afterword was written by Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager. Dan stepped down in February 2010 and Robert Taylor was named CEO.

On April 1, 2009, United opened its 50th store in Plano, Texas.

On January 9, 2013, United opened its newest store in Lubbock. This new Market Street store is much larger and features a much wider selection of products and services. The purpose of this store was to replace an older United Supermarkets store and to be open 24 hours.

Most United Supermarkets stores operate from 6 or 7 am until 11 pm, seven days a week. As of February 1, 2016, four stores operate 24 hours a day, including the pharmacy: two stores in Lubbock, one in Wichita Falls, and one in Frisco. Two stores were open 24 hours a day temporarily after the opening of the new store. Both were located in Lubbock.[3]

Acquisition[edit]

On September 9, 2013, United Supermarkets LLC was sold to Albertsons LLC.[4] On February 4, 2014, the FTC voted 4-0 to approve the deal. The acquisition deal cost Albertsons $385 million and required Albertsons to sell its single stores in the Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas, markets.[5] The acquisition also added to the new United division of Albertsons-Safeway several Albertsons locations in Eastern New Mexico, which were re-branded as "Albertsons Market." Expansion in New Mexico continued with the purchase of several Lawrence Brothers locations, and the transfer of stores in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, and Taos, to the United division.

Naming rights[edit]

United Supermarkets owns the naming rights to United Supermarkets Arena[6] at Texas Tech University. The arena is the home court for the university's men's and women's basketball teams in addition to its women's volleyball team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Our Texas roots run deep". United Supermarkets, L.L.C. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  2. ^ 2007, Hoover's, Inc. "United Supermarkets, Ltd. information". 2007, Hoover's, Inc. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.unitedtexas.com/Media/UnitedTexasCorp/PDFs/Press%20Releases/120523_First_24-Hour_Store_NR.pdf
  4. ^ "Albertson's LLC to Acquire United Supermarkets LLC". Albertson’s LLC. September 9, 2013. Archived from the original on December 1, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "FTC gives final approval for United-Albertsons merger". Amarillo Globe-News. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "United Supermarkets Arena". 

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