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|1891 -||Two friends, Samuel Robinson and Robert Crawford, opened a small neighborhood grocery store in South Philadelphia with a philosophy that emphasized
quality products, low prices and friendly service. The name of the store was "The House that Quality Built."
Robinson and Crawford merged Acme Markets with four other Philadelphia area grocery chains, and the combined company was named American Stores.
The Acme banner was born in New Jersey, when Acme Markets opened two of the very first self-service supermarkets. Many more would follow.
The company acquired California's Alpha-Beta stores.
American Stores was acquired by Skaggs Drug Centers which took the American Stores name, and relocated the headquarters to Salt Lake City, Utah.
American Stores acquired Jewel Companies, Inc., which included several large chains: Jewel and Jewel-Osco in the Chicago area; Eisner Foods in
downstate Illinois and Indiana (later merged into Jewel-Osco); Buttrey Food & Drug in Montana and other Western states; Star Markets in New England;
Osco Drug in the Midwest, and Sav-On Drugs in California, Nevada, and Texas.
It acquired Lucky Stores, also in California, and then divested Alpha Beta to the Yucaipa Cos., Buttrey Food & Drug was spun off to its management,
which subsequently sold the chain to Albertsons (prior to American Stores merger with Albertsons); and Star Market was sold to Investcorp, which
subsequently sold the chain to J Sainsbury plc, who merged it with their Shaw's Markets chain, which was itself sold to Albertsons in 2004.
Acme and Albertson's joined forces! With this merger they were 2,400 stores strong in 38 states with over 200,000 associates.
They were 3,300 neighborhood stores strong.
Albertsons was acquired by Supervalu.