Safeway Inc is one of the largest grocery store chains in the US. Synonymous to a food retailer, Safeway has more than 1320 stores in mid-western, western and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. AB Acquisition, the parent company of Safeway, merged it in 2015 with the Albertsons, after which they have got 2200 stores and 250,000 employees. The company also operates a number of regional supermarket companies, including Carrs Safeway, Vons Companies, and Randall’s Food Markets. It is also operational outside US by its e-retailer at GroceryWorks.com. In addition to these, Safeway Inc is the owner of 49% of Casa Ley, which has 206 food & variety stores in the western Mexico.
It was 1915 when Marion Barton Skaggs bought a 576 sq. ft. grocery store from his father in Idaho worth $1089 at that time. With help from his five brothers, Skaggs started growing his network of stores, and reached 428 stores across 10 states by 1926. In 1926, he merged his business with 322 stores of Safeway, and incorporated his company as Safeway Inc. During the 1930s, the company introduced pricing by pound, nutritional labeling on products, and adding sell-by dates on perishable goods. It was one of the very first grocery stores that had parking lots for the visitors. The company’s first headquarters were in Reno, Nevada, then they shifted to Oakland, California, and finally settled in Pleasanton, California.