WinCo Foods

WinCo Foods, Inc.
Industry Retail grocer
Founded 1967
Headquarters Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Number of locations
Key people

Gary Piva, Chairman
Steven Goddard, President/CEO

Richard Charrier, COO
David Butler, CFO
Revenue US$4.73 billion (2011)[2]
Number of employees
15,000 (2015)[1]

WinCo Foods, Inc. is a privately held, majority employee-owned[3][4][5] American supermarket chain based in Boise, Idaho with retail stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas,[6] Utah, and Washington. It previously operated stores as Waremart Food Centers and Cub Foods (under a franchise agreement) until 1999. As of July 2016, it has 107 retail stores and five distribution centers with over 15,000 employees.[1][7]


WinCo Foods is based in Boise, Idaho. It was founded in 1967 and most of the company ownership is held by current and former employees through an employee stock ownership plan. WinCo currently operates five distribution centers in Woodburn, Oregon; Myrtle Creek, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Phoenix, Arizona; and Modesto, California, and has a total of just over 15,000 employees company-wide.[1]

It reduces operation expenses by purchasing directly from manufacturers and farmers; accepting cash and debit cards, but not credit cards; having basic, no-frills stores; and not providing bagging service.[8]


From 1967 to 1999, WinCo operated as Waremart Food Centers.

In 1967, it was founded in Boise, Idaho as Waremart by Ralph Ward and Bud Williams.[5][9] In 1985, an employee stock ownership plan purchased a majority interest of Waremart from the Ward family, giving Waremart employees an ownership stake in the company.[5][9]

In January 1991, Waremart opened an 82,000 square-foot store in Boise to replace the two older Boise stores.[10] At the time, Waremart was operating 16 stores in the Northwest and had reported annual sales of more than $300 million.[10]

In 1999, Waremart changed its name to WinCo Foods. According to the company, the name WinCo is a portmanteau of Winning Company; however, the company also claims (as a "fun fact") that it also refers to the five states where the company originally operated stores (Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Oregon).[11] For reasons that are not specified on the company's website, one store in Independence, Oregon retains the Waremart name.[12]

Store in the Orenco area of Hillsboro, Oregon

In 2007, WinCo Foods accused a competing chain, Save Mart, of directing a lawsuit filed by a neighborhood group Tracy First of Tracy, California, to oppose city approval of a WinCo store. That same year, WinCo Foods opened up in Pittsburg CA.[13]

In early 2009, it opened its first two stores in the Spokane, Washington, area.[14] In October, 2009, WinCo expanded to Utah, adding two stores in West Valley City and Midvale.[9][15][16] An additional Utah store opened in Roy on June 28, 2010.[17][18] bringing the total number of stores expanded to Utah to five.[19] WinCo previously operated stores in Utah under the Waremart banner prior to company's name change.[9][20]

In January 2011, WinCo began signing leases for an expansion to Southern Nevada and Arizona.[21] The chain opened stores in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, on March 4, 2012.[22] The company's first two stores in Arizona opened on April 1, 2012 in the Phoenix area.[23] The company has opened multiple locations in Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area.[1][24][25] In late 2014 it was announced that WinCo will enter the Oklahoma City metro market, starting with a store in Midwest City with plans to open multiple locations in the metro.[26]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "WinCo Corporate Site". Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  2. "WinCo Foods". Forbes. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  3. Elliot Zwiebach (2013-06-24). "WinCo's Employee-Owners Speak Out". Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  4. "WinCo Foods LLC Company Profile". Hoovers. Dun & Bradstreet. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 "WinCo Foods". Retrieved 31 August 2013. Eighty percent of the company is employee owned.
  6. Zwiebach, Elliot (January 31, 2014). "WinCo sets first two Texas openings". Supermarket News. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  7. Zwiebach, Elliot (June 24, 2013). "WinCo Goes for the Win". Supermarket News. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  8. Tuttle, Brad (7 August 2013). "Meet the Low-Key, Low-Cost Grocery Chain Being Called 'Walmart's Worst Nightmare'". Time. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  9. 1 2 3 4 "History". WinCo Foods. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  10. 1 2 "Idaho's largest supermarket set to open Monday at Boise". Lewiston Morning Tribune. 27 January 1991.
  11. FAQs at
  12. "WinCo corporate site - Monmouth St, Independence, Oregon". Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  13. "Hidden Billionaire Found With Food Fortune in California". Bloomberg. August 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. In Tracy, California, WinCo accused Save Mart in 2007 of directing a lawsuit filed by neighborhood group Tracy First against the city for approving a new WinCo store, according to a state court document.
  14. "WinCo Makes Spokane Debut, Eyes Utah". Supermarket News. 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  15. "Winco Foods Building Utah Sites". Supermarket News. May 19, 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  16. "New WinCo DC Facilitates Utah Growth". Supermarket News. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  17. WinCo Foods, LLC (2010). "WinCo foods announces grand opening of new store in Roy, Utah". Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  18. "Idaho grocery store chain coming to Utah". May 15, 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  19. "WinCo opening five new stores in Utah". The Daily Herald. 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  20. "WinCo Eyes Eastward Expansion". 8 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2013. WinCo opened a distribution center in Boise late in 2009, and it said at the time it needed 10 stores in Utah to make that facility efficient. It has opened five of those stores already, so it seems it is looking to capitalize on the move into Utah and then go into other areas before refocusing its efforts on Southern California.
  21. "WinCo grocery chain plans Arizona expansion". East Valley Tribune. 23 January 2011.
  22. "Attention shoppers: WinCo Foods opens 2 stores in Southern Nevada". Las Vegas Sun. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  23. "WinCo to open new grocery stores in Phoenix". Phoenix Business Journal. 2 March 2012.
  24. Trainor, Gene (5 July 2013). "WinCo picks site in North Richland Hills for supermarket". Star-Telegram. Retrieved 7 July 2013. North Richland Hills is the third North Texas location selected by the company. A store at Sycamore School and Crowley roads in south Fort Worth is expected to open early next year, along with another in McKinney. The company had focused its business in seven Western states, including California, Oregon and Washington.
  25. Halkias, Maria (1 August 2013). "North Carolina grocer to open Dallas stores in Turtle Creek Village and near the Arboretum". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  26. Bailey, Brianna (October 30, 2014). "Idaho-based grocer plans Midwest City store". Midwest City, Oklahoma: The Oklahoman. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
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