Save Mart Supermarkets

Save Mart Supermarkets
Industry Retail / Grocery
Founded January 17, 1952 (January 17, 1952)
Modesto, California, U.S.
Founders Michael Piccinini and Nicholas Tocco
Headquarters Modesto, California, U.S.
Number of locations
Decrease 205
Key people
Robert M. Piccinini, Chairman/CEO (deceased)
Steve Junqueiro, President/COO
Frank Capps, EVP/CSO
James Sims, VP/CIO
Products Bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, liquor
Revenue Steady US$4.5 billion (2016)[1]
Number of employees
Decrease 16,000 (2016)[2]

Save Mart Supermarkets (also known as The Save Mart Companies) is an American privately held company. It owns and operates supermarkets operating under the names of Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky and FoodMaxx located in Northern California and Northern Nevada (some of its stores are former Albertsons locations).


Save Mart Supermarkets owns and operates 205 stores in Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, FoodMaxx and MaxxValue Foods banners.

Albertsons acquisition

On November 27, 2006, Save Mart announced an agreement to acquire 132 Albertsons stores in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Save Mart officially began operating the new stores in late February 2007, and the acquired stores will gradually be re-branded over the course of nine months.[3] Those in the Bay Area are being rebranded Lucky, whereas the rest are being opened under the Save Mart banner.

Company history

Banners and brands

Checkout lanes inside a Save Mart (formerly known as Albertsons) supermarket in Pacific Grove, California.

Save Mart Supermarkets encompasses a number of store banners and private label product brands.

Save Mart stores are full-service grocery stores with a broad product offering, including service and fresh food departments. Save Mart stores offer fresh products, bakery goods, deli foods and ethnic foods.

S-Mart Foods stores are full-service grocery stores operating in Stockton and Lodi, California. They provide the same offerings as the Save Mart full-service stores owned by the company in other Northern California and Northern Nevada markets. The Save Mart stores in Stockton and Lodi are not owned by Save Mart Supermarkets.

Lucky Supermarkets are full-service grocery stores operating in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their high-value offerings include fresh products, bakery and deli-prepared foods, and focused ethnic offerings.

FoodMaxx is a price-impact banner operating with a no-frills format. While the assortment of products at FoodMaxx stores is not as broad as in the company’s full-service banners, the stores provide fresh products. These stores offer products at warehouse-store prices to the consumer without a store club membership fee.

MaxxValue Foods is much like Save Mart while offering products at warehouse-store prices to the consumer without a store club membership fee.

Store brands

Distribution infrastructure

Super Store Industries (Lathrop) capitalizes on the combined buying power of more than one privately owned grocery chain. Economies of scale enable the partners, including Save Mart Supermarkets, to purchase or produce products at low cost. They can then (if they wish) pass on the savings to their customers and maintain a competitive edge. SSI also produces and packages bottled beverages, cultured dairy products, and frozen dairy products for several brands, including Sunnyside Farms yogurt, Stater Brothers ice cream, and Minute Maid orange juice. SSI owns and operates Sunnyside Farms (Fairfield) and Sunnyside Farms Dairy (Turlock).[4]

2011 Lucky Stores card-swipe thefts

In November 2011, hundreds of Lucky's customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area reported being victims of card-swipe thefts the previous month that involved the placement of card-swiping equipment on the stores' self-serve checkout stands, including extra circuit boards. Card information of customers, including personal identification numbers (PIN) may have been retrieved by the criminals. Some customers reported having money withdrawn from their accounts. The company advised affected customers to contact their financial institutions.[5] Lucky also advised some customers to close their accounts.

Store closures

Save Mart Supermarkets announced the closure of stores in Clovis, Delano, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fresno, Kerman, Merced, Milpitas, Modesto, Sanger, Tracy and Yuba City, due to competition, higher prices and other reasons.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]


2013 lawsuit

Save Mart Supermarkets was ordered by a judge to pay $2.55 million in civil penalties, costs and expenses for supplemental projects.[17][18]

2015 lawsuit

Save Mart Supermarkets was ordered by a judge to pay thousands in back pay and damages to distribution center workers in Vacaville (now closed) and Roseville.[19][20]


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  2. "#65 Save Mart Supermarkets".
  3. Save Mart Supermarkets confirms sale of Albertson's Northern California division (PDF), Save Mart Supermarkets, February 23, 2007.
  4. "Hey Moo!". Super Store Industries. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  5. Vivian Ho (December 9, 2011). "500-plus victims of card-swipe scam at Lucky". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  6. "Save Mart Closing Two Stores | Retail & Financial content from". Supermarket News. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  7. "Local News". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  8. MIKE NORTH - "Save Mart closing two Merced stores | The Merced Sun-Star The Merced Sun-Star". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  9. "Save-Mart To Close Store In Elk Grove « CBS Sacramento". 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  10. Bowers, Wes. "Milpitas Save Mart to close – San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  11. Stapley, Garth. "Save Mart to close grocery store in downtown Modesto | The Modesto Bee The Modesto Bee". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  12. Gene Garaygordobil, Maria Ahumada-Garaygordobil. "Delano Save Mart sells to competitor, closing later this month". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  13. Eric Vodden/Appeal-Democrat. "Yuba City's Save Mart will close in March – Appeal-Democrat: News". Appeal-Democrat. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  14. "Local News". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  15. April 28, 2015. "Biz Buzz: FoodMaxx to replace 11th Street Save Mart – Golden State Newspapers: Tracy Press News". Golden State Newspapers. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  16. "Save Mart Supermarkets closing grocery store in Folsom – Sacramento Business Journal". 2015-04-22. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  17. April 28, 2015. "$2.6 million settlement in Save Mart lawsuit – Business". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  18. "Save Mart to pay $2.5M from hazardous waste suit". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  19. "Save Mart to pay thousands in back pay, damages to distribution center workers in Vacaville, Roseville". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  20. "Central Valley Business Times". Central Valley Business Times. 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2015-04-28.

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