> Supermarket: Hy-Vee
> Headquarters: West Des Moines, IA
> Year founded: 1930
There are currently 275 Hy-Vee stores in eight midwestern states, with future sites slated in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Indiana. Hy-Vee brings in an annual revenue of over $11 billion and employs over 91,000 people. There are 11 locations in Kansas, mostly in the Kansas City metro area.
> Supermarket: Kroger
> Headquarters: Cincinnati
> Year founded: 1883
About two-thirds of Kroger workers are unionized, including many in Kentucky, who are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers. In the last three years, UFCW Local branches 227 and 75 have negotiated higher wages and increased benefits for employees in Kentucky and surrounding states.
> Supermarket: Rouses
> Headquarters: Thibodaux, LA
> Year founded: 1960
Rouses is a family-owned supermarket chain operating in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The company has grown significantly since 2007, acquiring and rebranding 17 Sav-A-Center, six Belle Food, and nine LeBlanc’s Food stores. The chain employs about 7,000 people and sees an annual revenue of $500 million.
> Supermarket: Hannaford
> Headquarters: Scarborough, ME
> Year founded: 1883
Founded in Portland, Maine, by brothers Arthur, Howard, and Edward Hannaford, the Hannaford Brothers Company serves northern New England, with 183 stores and 26,000 employees. In 2000, the Belgian supermarket company Delhaize bought Hannaford, later merging with the Dutch company Ahold to become Ahold Delhaize.
> Supermarket: Safeway
> Headquarters: Pleasanton, CA
> Year founded: 1915
With 60 locations around the state, Safeway is one of the biggest grocery chains in Maryland. In 2005, Safeway began a $100 million lifestyle image campaign called “Ingredients for Life,” which involved redesigning stores, softening lighting, and adding expanded organic sections. Sushi and olive bars, as well as Starbucks kiosks, were installed at many locations.
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