Super One Foods

For other supermarket chains named "Super 1", see Super 1 Foods (disambiguation). For other uses, see Super 1 (disambiguation).
Super One
Industry Retail (Grocery & Discount)
Founded Grand Rapids, Minnesota[1]
Headquarters Hermantown, Minnesota, U.S. (near Duluth)
Number of locations
Key people
Tony and Ida Miner, Founders[2]
Jim Miner, CEO[2]
Products Groceries, Specialty Foods, General Merchandise
Number of employees
Approx. 1,500
Website Super One Website
Super One is visited by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

Super One Foods is a chain of Supermarkets, with 30 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.[1] The chain is owned and operated by Miner's, Inc., a privately held company. A small number of the stores in the chain are branded as U-Save Foods, and a Duluth store is named Woodland Marketplace.


In 1943, Tony and Ida Miner opened a tavern in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.[1] When Tony noticed that many customers left early in the evening so they could buy their bread and milk before their nearby grocery store closed for the day, he added a milk cooler and bread to the items he sold. Thus was the beginning of their entry into the grocery business.[1]

Tony and Ida built their first grocery store, Miner´s Market, on the west side of Grand Rapids. By 1954, the family had added on to the original store and changed the name to Piggly Wiggly.[2]

In 1963, the Miners opened their second store in Virginia, Minnesota. Two years later, the family moved to Duluth and opened a third store in Duluth's Woodland neighborhood. Shortly thereafter they made this location their headquarters because it was located close to one of their major suppliers.[2]

Tony and Ida retired in 1975 and their son Jim became president of the company. Around this time, as the company was building a new warehouse in Duluth, the stores were re-branded with the name Super One. The store in Cloquet, Minnesota was the first to receive a Super One sign in 1977. Since then, many other Super One locations have been opened, with a current total of 30.[2]

In 2014, a large store on East Second Street in Superior, Wisconsin was opened. The project was delayed for over a year while the owner of adjacent real estate near the proposed site refused to sell.[3]


There are currently 21 store locations in Minnesota, four in Wisconsin and five in Upper Michigan; the most recent in Roseau, Minnesota.[4]

The Super One store in International Falls, Minnesota is under different ownership. However, Miner's Inc., owns a County Market store there.[5]

Most stores have an in-store bakery and deli.

Charitable giving

Super One has supported charitable causes that promote the health, education, and the well being of the community it serves.[6]

An example is a fundraiser that benefitted Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.[7] According to organizers, more than $30,000 was raised for the hospice house.[7] In addition, a local hospital foundation partnered with Super One for several years in a row and sold $1 ornaments.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Super One website". Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Super One website". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. "Fox 21 News - Duluth MN". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  4. "Super One website". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  5. "Super One website". Retrieved 16 Aug 2014.
  6. "Super One website". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  7. 1 2 "Fox 21 News - Duluth, MN". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
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