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Encyclopedia > Nugget Markets
Nugget Markets, Inc.
Nugget
Type Private
Founded 1926
Headquarters Woodland, California
Key people Gene Stille, Chairman
Eric Stille, CEO
Greg Stille, President
Industry Retail (Grocery)
Products Grocery
Revenue 221 million USD (2004)
Employees 1,200
Slogan "Great Prices, Superior Quality"
Website www.nuggetmarket.com
The popular Nugget Market on East Covell Blvd. in Davis, California
The popular Nugget Market on East Covell Blvd. in Davis, California

Nugget Markets is a family owned, upscale supermarket chain operating within the greater Sacramento metropolitan area. It is headquartered in Woodland, California. As of December 2005, the company operates 6 of its flagship Nugget-brand stores as well as 3 Food 4 Less franchises. Image File history File links FTM-Nug. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Woodland Court House, California Woodland is the county seat of Yolo County, California. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Look up Slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Image File history File links Nugdavis. ... Image File history File links Nugdavis. ... Yo davis has got the best rappers yah yah Paymeshizzle ... Exterior of a typical British supermarket (a Tesco Extra) Exterior of typical North American supermarket (a Safeway) A typical supermarket in Hong Kong. ... Woodland Court House, California Woodland is the county seat of Yolo County, California. ... Food-4-Less is a California supermarket chain. ...

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History

Nugget Market was founded in 1926 by the father and son team of William and Mack Stille. Their store was located in the heart of downtown Woodland, California. Mack ran most of the day-to-day operations and helped pioneer many new concepts, such as incorporating meat departments into the grocery store, installing refrigerated produce cases (built by his father) and employing checkout stands equipped with take-away power belts. The company also gained notoriety for its progressive, employee-friendly attitudes, providing its associates with some of the top wage and benefit packages in the industry.


Expansion outside Woodland

In the late 1970s, under the leadership of Mack's grandson Eric, the company began its expansion outside of the local Woodland community by opening a Nugget store in neighboring Davis. In 1984, Nugget acquired a pair of Sacramento Alpha Beta Stores and converted them into Nuggets - one in the Greenhaven-Pocket neighborhood, the other in Foothill Farms. All Alpha Beta associates were invited to join the company and many continue to work with Nugget today. In the early 90s, Nugget opened its first Food 4 Less franchise in Vallejo, California. Yo davis has got the best rappers yah yah Paymeshizzle ... Nickname: City of Trees Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo Area    - City 99. ... Alpha Beta was a chain of Southern California supermarkets started by Albert and Hugh Gerrard. ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: , vuh-LAY-hoe) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ...


"Fresh to Market"

Beginning in the late 90s, Nugget overhauled its marketing strategy with a new "Fresh to Market" concept, European-style open air marketing along with higher end products and specialty departments such as a Full Service Kitchen, Natural Living Department, and a Juice and Espresso Bar. Thus began an aggressive push to open new locations. In 2001, the company launched its first "Fresh to Market" concept stores in Vacaville's Browns Valley Marketplace and a North Davis location at Oak Tree Plaza. I-80 East near Vacaville Vacaville, California is a city located in Solano County, California, between Sacramento and San Francisco. ...


"Fresh to Market" emphasized a more artful approach to grocery marketing, with elaborately designed product displays, classical exterior architecture, a contemporary approach to interior design, and heavy use of natural sunlight. The "Nugget Tower" surrounded by statues of a robed woman with a basket of food above her head is a signature architectural feature at the entrance of its newest stores. The robed woman, casually dubbed the "Market Mom", is now both the corporate logo and the mascot of the company. Indeed, an artistic rendition of the statue with the tagline "Fresh to Market - Where Quality & Price Matter" has replaced the classic, double-hoop Nugget logo in much of the corporate branding.


Points of difference

Nugget continues to struggle against its image as an exclusive, upper-class grocer due to its specialty products and upscale store decor. Nugget identifies dominant local grocery chain Raley's & Bel-Air as well as national chains Safeway, Albertsons and Whole Foods as its primary competition. The Raleys Family of Fine Stores is a privately owned supermarket chain that operates stores under the Raleys, Bel Air, Nob Hill, and Food Source banners in California, Nevada, and New Mexico. ... Safeway Inc. ... A typical Albertsons store. ... Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. ...


To differentiate themselves from the local competition, they are the major local distributor of several high quality, specialty brands. Nugget is one of the few grocers in Northern California to offer Boars Head Deli Meats [1], Harris Ranch Beef [2], and Equator Coffees [3] as primary suppliers. Nugget supports local produce growers with its partnership with NorCal Produce of West Sacramento, California. Black canvas boards distributed throughout their stores emphasize these partnerships and the quality of the products as the points of difference to shop at Nugget. Majestic Mount Shasta (14,179 feet) in the northern part of Northern California. ... West Sacramento is a city located in Yolo County, California. ...


Nugget has also continued its stance on exceptional employee benefits, with wages and benefits meeting or exceeding those of its competition. Strong benefits coupled with a positive work environment and responsive leadership have allowed Nugget to remain a union-free workplace. In January 2006, Fortune recognized Nugget Markets as one of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2006, placing the company 33rd. Fortune magazine is Americas longest-running business magazine. ...


Nugget continues its push to open new stores in the Sacramento and North Bay regions. New locations are under construction in Roseville, as are remodels of former Ralphs stores in Elk Grove, El Dorado Hills, and/or Roseville. There are also tentative plans for Nugget to build a unique, significantly smaller size store under the K Street Mall revitalization proposal of Hank Fischer/Evergreen Developments. The K Street location would likely be half the size of a traditional Nugget store and, given the nature of the proposal, more focused on their Full Service Kitchen, Bakery, and Juice Bar. [4] Roseville is a city in Placer County, California, located in the metropolitan area of Sacramento. ... A Ralphs Marketplace in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, California Ralphs Grocery Company is a major supermarket chain in the Southern California area. ... Seal of the City Of Elk Grove Elk Grove is a city in Sacramento County, California, located south of the state capital of Sacramento. ... El Dorado Hills is a census-designated place located in El Dorado County, California. ... Roseville is a city in Placer County, California, located in the metropolitan area of Sacramento. ...


"Price Challenge"

Because of the breadth and quality of merchandise they carry in their stores, there is the perception that Nugget is expensive and overpriced. The company has attempted to tackle this problem through their "Price Challenge", where they provide a random customer $100 to purchase groceries at a competitor, only to bring the groceries back and see who has the lowest price. If Nugget loses, the customer receives double the difference plus $10.


Nugget also publicizes its own internal team of price checkers who weekly go to competitors to check their prices. All Nugget-brand stores have a "Price Challenge Scoreboard", designed to resemble a baseball scoreboard, with a tally of wins and losses against their competitors.


Criticism

When conducting a Price Challenge, the associate or the customer is instructed to purchase goods at the regular price - thus no club card discounts. The discrepancy comes when and if a competitor's regular price is higher than Nugget's regular price but the sale price is lower than Nugget's sale price.


Also, Nugget stores have the habit of repackaging products made by third party vendors, relabeling and retagging the item with Nugget specific codes and labels and similarly increasing the price. These goods, while exactly the same as those sold by competitors, are not eligible for the Price Challenge. This practice is most notoriously done in the Deli, where prepackaged and sealed dips and entrees simply have their original packaging removed and a Nugget price tag applied.


Vallejo Store Controversy

Given the company's success with the Food-4-Less store, in 2003 Nugget began plans to open a Nugget in Vallejo as well. The company sought assurances from the city that a supercenter store would not enter Vallejo, and these fears were seemingly assuaged when Wal-Mart built a supercenter several miles away in American Canyon. Development began on a Nugget and a propery was selected. American Canyon is a city located in southern Napa County, California, 35 miles northeast of San Francisco. ...


In 2005, Wal-Mart made clear its' intention to build a Supercenter in the White Slough neighborhood, on the location of a former K-Mart. Given the proximity of the proposed Supercenter to the existing location in American Canyon, as well as the guidelines of the neighborhood plan preventing the construction of a store of this type, the plans for the Nugget in Vallejo continued. However, President Eric Stille made clear to the Vallejo City Council that the approval of the Vallejo Wal-Mart would effectively mean the end of the Vallejo Nugget. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... new Kmart logo Kmart Corporation was a US based corporation until it merged with Sears Holdings in November 2004. ...


In November 2006, with construction already underway at the Vallejo Nugget location, Stille announced the company would no longer build a Nugget in Vallejo, citing a City Council deadlock vote on whether to approve the Vallejo Wal-Mart. Stille stated that with the construction of a Vallejo Wal-Mart, there simply would not be enough grocery dollars in Vallejo to make a Nugget financially feasable.


His comments and actions resulted in a backlash from the city residents. Supporters of the Vallejo Nugget cited the lack of upscale grocery options in the city, and the need to head down into the East Bay or up to the Vacaville Nugget for gourmet goods. Opponents derided Stille's actions as unwarranted, claiming that Nugget feared that its customer service or products would not be good enough for Vallejo consumers. Others accused the Nugget of trying to blackmail the city in order to maintain their virtual monopoly on discount grocery goods in Vallejo. [5][6][7][8] East Bay Township, Michigan East Bay (California) is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area East Bay (Rhode Island) is a region of Rhode Island This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Locations

Active Nugget Market stores

Woodland Court House, California Woodland is the county seat of Yolo County, California. ... Yo davis has got the best rappers yah yah Paymeshizzle ... Nickname: City of Trees Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo Area    - City 99. ... West Sacramento is a city located in Yolo County, California. ... I-80 East near Vacaville Vacaville, California is a city located in Solano County, California, between Sacramento and San Francisco. ...

Active Food-4-Less warehouses

Vallejo (pronounced IPA: , vuh-LAY-hoe) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Cameron Park is a census-designated place located in El Dorado County, California. ...

Defunct stores

  • Riverside - 6419 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, California
  • Hillsdale - 5731 Hillsdale Blvd., Sacramento, California

Proposed stores

Roseville is a city located in Placer County, California. ... Roseville is a city located in Placer County, California. ... Elk Grove is a census-designated place and a city of 108,000 people in Sacramento County, California, located south of the state capital of Sacramento. ... El Dorado Hills is a census-designated place located in El Dorado County, California. ...

External links

  • Nugget Markets website

 
 

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