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Encyclopedia > Randall's Food Markets
Randall's Food Markets
Randalls logo
Type Subsidiary of Safeway
Founded 1966
Headquarters Houston, Texas
Key people Steven R. Frisby, Division President
Industry Retail
Products Bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, liquor
Employees 18,368 (1998)
Parent Safeway, Inc.
Website www.randalls.com

Randall's Food Markets is a chain of supermarkets in the Houston and Austin areas. Randall's stores operate under the names Randalls—traditional grocery stores, and Flagship Randalls—high end stores. Randall's also operates the Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Randall's is owned by Safeway Inc. In business, a subsidiary is a company controlled by another company or corporation. ... It has been suggested that Vons be merged into this article or section. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area    - City 1,558 km²  (601. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... It has been suggested that Vons be merged into this article or section. ... Website - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area    - City 1,558 km²  (601. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World Location Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Government County Travis County Mayor Will Wynn Geographical characteristics Area 669. ... The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (also DFW Metroplex, or simply the Metroplex) encompasses the combined metropolitan area of the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... Safeway Inc. ...


As of 2006, Randalls and Tom Thumb banners are on about 112 combination food and drug stores in Texas. Most stores include fresh seafood, floral, cosmetic, bakery and film processing departments. The premium Flagship Randalls and Flagship Tom Thumb stores have increased their take-out departments to provide fresh made pizzas, pastas and barbeque. Many locations even offer bank branches, ATMs, coffee shops, one-hour photo processing, drive-thru pharmacy windows, fueling stations and full-service counters where you can purchase lottery or movie tickets, pay utility bills and car licenses renewals.

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History

Randalls Food Markets was founded by Robert R. Onstead, R. C. Barclay, and Norman N. Frewin in Houston, Texas, on July 4, 1966, with the purchase of two existing grocery stores. Their fourth store opened in 1970, and by the end of the decade the company owned 15 stores and had established itself in the market. By 1990 the chain had expanded to 42 stores. In 1991 Randall's earned over a billion dollars in revenue, making it the fastest growing company in Houston.


In the 1990's Randall's expanded into Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin. Cullum Companies, owner of 62 Tom Thumb and Simon David stores in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, became part of the Randall's family in 1992, doubling the company's size with more than 115 stores statewide. The Tom Thumb logo was changed to one similar to Randall's, but the Tom Thumb name was retained. Already in Austin with the Tom Thumb name, Randall's added its own name to the market in 1994 when the company bought 12 AppleTree Markets stores (ironically a grocer formed with former Safeway locations as a result of Safeway leaving Texas in 1988). Nine of the 12 stores reopened under the Randalls banner, giving the company a significant presence in the Texas Hill Country. The remaining three AppleTree stores were closed. Randall's would also remove the Tom Thumb banner from the Austin market in favor of its own banner. ·· Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City 997. ... Nickname: Cowtown Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area    - City 774. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Texas Hill Country, as seen from near Interstate 10. ...


After 28 years in operation, Randall's began to sell beer and wine in its stores in late 1994. (Though company-owned Tom Thumb and AppleTree stores in Dallas and Austin acquired beginning in 1992 had already been selling beer and wine.)


In April 1997, buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. invested $225 million in exchange for a majority interest in the supermarket chain. Randall's then accelerated its growth in various markets and at the same time sold or closed a number of stores that choked advancement.[1][2] Within a year, the company opened one store in Houston and three stores in Dallas (including two replacement stores), while closing four stores in Houston, two stores in Dallas (which were replaced) and four stores in Austin.

Randalls Food Markets in the Woodlands, Texas.
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Randalls Food Markets in the Woodlands, Texas.

In 1999, Safeway Inc., a Fortune 50 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales, bought the then 116-store Randall's/Tom Thumb chain.[3][4] Safeway retained the Randall's name in Houston and Austin and the Tom Thumb name in Dallas/Fort Worth, but replaced many of the Randall's/Tom Thumb "Remarkable" house brands with Safeway-label items. Randall's Food Markets, Inc., becamae a division of Safeway and changed its division name to Randall's Food & Drugs. By 2001, Randall's operated 46 stores in the Houston area, 12 stores in Austin and 69 stores in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area (under the Tom Thumb and Simon David banners).


In early 2005, Safeway was rumored to be attempting to sell the then 138-store Randall's division.[5][6] Instead, Safeway announced by the end of the year it would close 15 Randall's stores in the Houston area, one in Austin, and nine Tom Thumb stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.[7][8][9] Following the closures Randall's/Tom Thumb operated 62 stores in Dallas, 36 in Houston and 14 in Austin. Safeway said the move would revitalize the Texas division and that it planned to remodel stores to fit its "Lifestyle" format and introduce proprietary products. The new Lifestyle format features an expanded selection of perishables and a number of unique offerings, including a large selection of natural and organic foods, full-service meat counters, full-service bakeries and floral design centers, as well as sushi bars and olive bars.


Community involvement

During Hurricane Alicia in 1983, Randall's kept its doors open despite serious flooding. Over the years Randall's has donated to a myriad of local causes. Since 1996 alone over nearly $24 million has been given to some 8,000 local non-profit organizations. Hurricane Alicia was the only major hurricane of the 1983 Atlantic hurricane season. ...


Loyalty program

A Randalls Remarkable Card
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A Randalls Remarkable Card

Randall's offers a loyalty card (Remarkable Card) that provides a 3-cent discount on gasoline (10 cents for every purchase over $50), as well as airline miles or a portion of sales proceeds donated to charity. The loyalty card is good at both Randall's and Tom Thumb stores but not at other Safeway stores. (These cards were introduced after the Randall's/Tom Thumb merger but before the purchase by Safeway.) In marketing generally and in retailing more specifically, a loyalty card, rewards card, points card, or club card is a plastic card, visually similar to a credit card or debit card, that identifies the card holder as a member in a commercial incentives programme. ...


References

  1. ^ Randalls plans to close Lake Creek location. Austin Business Journal (July 25, 1997). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  2. ^ Randalls sells three stores to rival Albertson's. Houston Business Journal (November 21, 1997). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  3. ^ Safeway buys Randall's. East Bay Business Times (July 23, 1999). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  4. ^ Supermarket merger remarkable. Houston Business Journal (July 30, 1999). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  5. ^ Safeway to move on Randalls/Tom Thumb's blues?. East Bay Business Times (February 18, 2005). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  6. ^ Safeway may sell off Randalls in second helping of Houston. Houston Business Journal (February 18, 2005). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  7. ^ Safeway to shutter 15 Houston-area Randalls stores. Houston Business Journal (October 19, 2005). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  8. ^ Safeway to close nine Dallas-Fort Worth Tom Thumb stores. Dallas Business Journal (October 18, 2005). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.
  9. ^ 26 Randalls, Tom Thumb stores in Texas to close. Austin Business Journal (October 18, 2005). Retrieved on 21 October 2006.

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