To Our Valued Customers:
In January of 2014, Schnucks embarked upon a year-long 75th Anniversary celebration of our customers, teammates, community members and supplier partners – generations of people who helped perpetuate my grandmother Anna’s dream that a small, family-owned grocery store could become a success by nourishing people’s lives.
Seventy-five years ago, my grandmother accomplished this by providing quality goods and services at value prices at her 1000-square-foot confectionery. Although there was barely enough space for a counter and a meat cooler, the store served as a gathering place for families in north St. Louis. With a commitment to ensuring well-rounded meals at every table, my grandmother joined by my grandfather, and then my dad and uncle, came up with ways to help make family mealtimes more filling and special celebrations more carefree.
The fact that I am able to communicate with the world simply by loading this message onto a website is evidence enough that we are living in a new age – one that my grandmother could not have imagined. And yet, her philosophy is enduring.
My family and I, members of the third generation, are carrying forward that legacy of nourishing people’s lives as we grow to serve more customers in a continuously evolving industry and in a rapidly changing world. Today, Schnucks operates 98 combination food and drug stores (averaging more than 60,000 square feet), a central kitchen, central bakery, floral design center and a warehouse complex. Our growing pharmacy business consists of 94 in-store pharmacies and four Specialty Pharmacies including one inside Schnucks Infusion Solutions which provides in-home and on-site infusion therapy.
Our food, beverage and healthcare expertise continues to grow as our teammates seek to become stronger resources for our customers. Our team of experts includes Certified Specialists of Wine, Certified Beer Servers, professional chefs, dietitians and FTD Certified Designers.
It’s all very humbling for me, as the fifth member of my family to serve as CEO of Schnuck Markets, Inc. I took over for my brother, Scott, in March of this year, and now, I am the keeper of our family’s legacy. I take my responsibilities to you and to our teammates very seriously.
I assure you that Schnucks will continue to provide you and your family with the products you want and need, along with values you deserve. Schnucks will continue to serve new customers through growth and expansion. We will continue to partner with communities to help improve the quality of life for all. And, as we grow, we will continue to share our considerable expertise in food, beverage and pharmacy.
In other words, we pledge to do exactly as my family has done in service to customers for more than 75 years – that is, nourish people’s lives. Each decade, customer needs and experiences change due, in part, to economic fluctuations and national as well as global influences. What doesn’t change is our pledge to know our customers by name, treat teammates as members of the family and support every community we serve as if it’s "home."
On behalf of my family and our company of 15,000 teammates, thank you for allowing us to come to work every day with a sense of purpose and commitment that comes from doing what we love for the people we care about in all communities we serve. Thank you for 75 years.
President and CEO
The Secret of Our Success
Teammates of Schnuck Markets, Inc. have been serving customers a unique combination of quality food, variety and value for more than seven decades. Founded in north St. Louis in 1939, the family-owned grocery company has grown to include 100 stores in five states: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. To find the closest store to you please visit our store directory.
By 1947, the families had opened seven retail grocery stores among them. Ed sold his stores to join his father in the business he had established at 4356 Manchester in St. Louis. Later Don and Doris sold their store to assist in the acquisition of a second major grocery location in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood.
Those two locations became the nucleus of the company today. In 1952, Edwin and his two sons incorporated as Schnuck Markets, Inc. They had learned a lot about managing a grocery store from serving independent grocers in their wholesale meat business. That experience also gave them a solid foundation for developing the outstanding meat departments for which Schnucks is still known today.
Schnucks also became known for the friendliness of our teammates. The friendly atmosphere of the stores so delighted customers that they frequently wrote enthusiastic letters and shared genuine compliments about teammates with Schnucks managers. In 1961, Schnucks adopted the slogan “The Friendliest Stores In Town” to highlight what our customers felt was our primary strength.
By the late 1960s, Schnucks was operating 10 modern, state-of-the-art stores in the St. Louis area. The times were revolutionary! Schnucks was the first major food retailer in the St. Louis area to drop popular trading stamps and replace them with “The Price Revolution” campaign that substituted lower prices for trading stamps. A new symbol accompanied this theme – our friendly saluting soldier – which is still one of the most recognized corporate logos in St. Louis.
Diversifying Our Operations
In the late 1960s, on the verge of tremendous growth, Schnucks opened the first warehouse for produce and high-volume grocery items. The location and size of our distribution facilities have grown through the years to serve the needs of more and more customers shopping at an expanding array of stores. Owning and operating our own distribution facilities enables us to provide better service when it comes to delivering the products our customers want when they want them.
1970 was a year of growth! Schnucks opened a new grocery warehouse facility with the capacity to handle future growth. Later that year, that growth occurred more rapidly than anticipated when Schnucks acquired the Bettendorf-Rapp chain of stores in St. Louis and more than doubled store count overnight. That purchase put Schnucks in a position to serve a greater number of customers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
As the needs of customers changed, Schnucks became a leader in developing combination food and drug stores beginning in the mid 1970s. These full-service food and drug stores offered customers the convenience of more products and services under one roof. We remain committed to this format today as we continually add and modify the exact product mix in each store to match our customers’ desires.In our ongoing effort to offer unique, high quality products to our customers, we began adding manufacturing facilities to our operations in 1961 with the opening of our first bakery plant. In the early 1990s, we consolidated our food preparation in one central USDA-inspected kitchen where entrees, side dishes, salads and smokehouse specialty items are prepared for retail sale in our deli and Chef’s Express departments. Our manufacturing operations have relocated through the years to accommodate growth and gain the advantage of technological advancements and innovations which help us better serve our customers.
The 1980s and 90s also marked a transition in leadership at Schnucks from the second generation of the Schnuck family to the third. Overseeing operations of the company today are the six children of Don and Doris: Scott, Todd, Craig, Mark, Terry and Nancy.
Dramatic Growth & Opportunity
1995 was another banner year for Schnucks. In June, Schnucks acquired 57 stores from National Supermarkets, our single largest competitor in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
In 1998, we entered the Rockford, Ill. market with the acquisition of Logli Supermarkets. Being family owned, there were many similarities between Logli and Schnucks, which facilitated the transition for Logli customers and teammates.In 2005, Schnucks opened the first Iowa store in Bettendorf offering savings, service and selection to the Quad Cities community. At Schnucks, growth and change are two constants. As our customers change, we change to meet their needs. As the neighborhoods we serve grow, we grow with them.
To better compete in the Rockford market, Schnucks acquired seven area Hilander stores from The Kroger Company in 2011. Schnucks now operates 11 supermarkets in that area.With the past as a predictor of the future, we can count on ongoing growth and change at Schnucks. One thing will never change – our recognition that our customers are our reason for being. Every position in the company exists to help us understand, serve and satisfy our customers.