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In 1870, Hugh G. Harrison provided the seed money for B.S. Bull and Company, a dry goods wholesaler serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding rural communities. Though B.S. Bull was short lived, its founders went on to create similar enterprises. In 1926, these kindred companies joined to form Winston and Newell Company, the direct parent of SUPERVALU®. This chronology highlights some of the important moments in SUPERVALU's 130+ year history. 1924 The Newell Company, which will merge with Winston, Harper and Fisher to create the Winston and Newell Company, builds the first modern grocery warehouse in Minneapolis. Modern innovations include a chute that allows products to move between floors without elevators. 1926 Winston and Newell Company introduces delivery trucks to the distribution business in Minnesota. The company is the first in the area to have a motor truck, the forerunner of modern semi-trailers. 1928 Winston and Newell Company is one of the first distributors to affiliate with the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA). This affiliation, which introduces concepts including self-serve and cash-and-carry, gives independent retailers competitive advantages against the increasing power of retail grocery chains. 1937 Winston and Newell begin handling high-volume perishables including potatoes, onions, oranges and apples. This creates an increasingly convenient procurement process for grocery retailers. 1942 Winston and Newell dissolve their IGA affiliation in favor of forming a "virtual chain." The company offers affiliated retailers an extensive program of services that stresses nationally advertised brands, advice on store fixtures and layout and supported advertising. In return, retailers operate under the Super Valu and U-Save names. 1945 Winston and Newell institutes its profit-sharing program. 1952 The company is serving more than 560 stores in six states. Standard inventory in the Hopkins, Minn., distribution facility is $1 million - enough food to last the average family 1,000 years. 1953 Winston and Newell pioneers the implementation of 100 percent self-service produce departments in affiliated retail stores. 1954 Winston and Newell changes the company name to Super Valu, more closely aligning the company with its successful retailers. 1955 Super Valu strengthens Midwest penetration by acquiring 12 regional food wholesalers, primarily in the Midwest, Southeast and Northwest United States. This distribution business expansion strategy lasts until the late 1980s. 1962 This marks the first year that Super Valu ships more than one million tons of merchandise to affiliated retailers. 1964 Super Valu begins using computer technology to streamline retailer order processing, warehouse inventory monitoring, truck dispatching and accepting manufacturer shipments. 1966 Estimated sales by Super Valu-affiliated retailers exceed $1 billion for the first time. Only seven retail supermarket chains in the country have sales of this scope. 1967 Super Valu common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Sept. 13. It is the first voluntary group to have stock traded on the nation's largest securities market. 1971 Super Valu breaks the $1 billion sales mark, capping more than 40 years of unbroken sales growth. 1978 Mike Wright is named company president, beginning more than two decades at the company's helm. He is named CEO in 1981. 1980 The company acquires Minnesota-based Cub Foods, which operates five stores in the Twin Cities area. By 2004, Cub operates more than 100 stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. 1988 Super Valu's affiliated retailers' combined sales make them the second largest food retailing group in the United States. The company is serving more than 3,100 stores in 32 states. 1991 Super Valu acquires Scott's Foods, a chain of 18 stores in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1992 Super Valu modifies the company name to SUPERVALU INC. and celebrates the company's 50th anniversary of retailing and retail support under the SUPERVALU name. 1992 SUPERVALU purchases St. Louis-based Wetterau, Inc. This acquisition deepens SUPERVALU's Midwestern distribution operations and adds two retail banners: SHOP 'N SAVE® and SAVE-A-LOT®. 1994 SUPERVALU acquires Hyper Shoppes, Inc., the Cincinnati-based operator of bigg's® hypermarkets (supercenter format stores) and bigg's Foods stores. 1998 SUPERVALU now handles 15 percent of the nation's food distribution business and completes the opening or acquisition of 73 stores including locations for CUB®, Scott's Foods, SHOP 'N SAVE in both Pittsburgh and St. Louis and SAVE-A-LOT. 1999 SUPERVALU completes the $1.2 billion acquisition of Virginia-based Richfood Holdings. This provides significant distribution penetration in the Eastern seaboard and adds three brands to SUPERVALU's retail portfolio: Virginia's FARM FRESH®, Baltimore-based Metro (converted to SHOPPERS® in 2003 and 2004), and SHOPPERS Food Warehouse in Washington, D.C. 2000 SUPERVALU is among the first member companies in the Worldwide Retail Exchange, the premier retail-focused, business-to-business Internet exchange. 2001 Jeff Noddle is named chief executive officer of SUPERVALU, following more than two decades of leadership by Mike Wright. In 2002, Noddle is named chairman of the board in addition to his position as president and CEO. SUPERVALU also launches SVHarbor, an industry-leading, Internet-enabled business-to-business portal for affiliate and corporate retailers, manufacturer partners and distribution operations. 2002 Advantage Logistics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU, is launched. Advantage Logistics offers third-party logistics solutions to a variety of retailers and manufacturers of highly consumable goods. The company acquires St. Louis-based Deal$: Nothing Over a Dollar. This single-price-point general merchandise retailer joins forces with SAVE-A-LOT to pioneer combination food and dollar-priced general merchandise under one roof. By 2004, more than 30 percent of the SAVE-A-LOT network has been converted to this combination format. 2003 SUPERVALU engineers an innovative acquisition through an asset exchange with C&S Wholesale Grocers. The transaction exchanges SUPERVALU's assets in the Northeastern United States for Midwestern assets held by C&S. This exchange strengthens SUPERVALU's presence in the Central and Midwestern United States while increasing efficiency gains through volume consolidation. SUPERVALU introduces a new mission statement rededicating the company to serving its customers better than anyone else could serve them. 2005 SUPERVALU acquires Total Logistic Control (TLC), a third-party logistics (3PL) company offering companies with large-scale logistics challenges the ability to outsource their supply chain management. SUPERVALU also launches W. NEWELL®, a specialty produce distribution company combining SUPERVALU's long-standing heritage in produce, extensive knowledge of produce retailing, and market-leading position in food distribution to provide unsurpassed variety of the freshest produce with unmatched customer service. 2006 SUPERVALU opens its first Sunflower Market store. Sunflower Market offers a refreshing take on the natural and organics market: all of the quality, without the high price tag. SUPERVALU acquires the premier retail properties of ALBERTSONS®. This combination propels the company to the position of third-largest grocery retailing company in the U.S. <img src="http://www.supervalu.com/sv-webapp/images/pictures/history/history.jpg">

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In 1870, Hugh G. Harrison provided the seed money for B.S. Bull and Company, a dry goods wholesaler serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding rural communities. Though B.S. Bull was short lived, its founders went on to create similar enterprises. In 1926, these kindred companies joined to form Winston and Newell Company, the direct parent of SUPERVALU®.

This chronology highlights some of the important moments in SUPERVALU's 130+ year history.

1924
The Newell Company, which will merge with Winston, Harper and Fisher to create the Winston and Newell Company, builds the first modern grocery warehouse in Minneapolis. Modern innovations include a chute that allows products to move between floors without elevators.

1926
Winston and Newell Company introduces delivery trucks to the distribution business in Minnesota. The company is the first in the area to have a motor truck, the forerunner of modern semi-trailers.

1928
Winston and Newell Company is one of the first distributors to affiliate with the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA). This affiliation, which introduces concepts including self-serve and cash-and-carry, gives independent retailers competitive advantages against the increasing power of retail grocery chains.

1937
Winston and Newell begin handling high-volume perishables including potatoes, onions, oranges and apples. This creates an increasingly convenient procurement process for grocery retailers.

1942
Winston and Newell dissolve their IGA affiliation in favor of forming a "virtual chain." The company offers affiliated retailers an extensive program of services that stresses nationally advertised brands, advice on store fixtures and layout and supported advertising. In return, retailers operate under the Super Valu and U-Save names.

1945
Winston and Newell institutes its profit-sharing program.

1952
The company is serving more than 560 stores in six states. Standard inventory in the Hopkins, Minn., distribution facility is $1 million - enough food to last the average family 1,000 years.

1953
Winston and Newell pioneers the implementation of 100 percent self-service produce departments in affiliated retail stores.

1954
Winston and Newell changes the company name to Super Valu, more closely aligning the company with its successful retailers.

1955
Super Valu strengthens Midwest penetration by acquiring 12 regional food wholesalers, primarily in the Midwest, Southeast and Northwest United States. This distribution business expansion strategy lasts until the late 1980s.

1962
This marks the first year that Super Valu ships more than one million tons of merchandise to affiliated retailers.

1964
Super Valu begins using computer technology to streamline retailer order processing, warehouse inventory monitoring, truck dispatching and accepting manufacturer shipments.

1966
Estimated sales by Super Valu-affiliated retailers exceed $1 billion for the first time. Only seven retail supermarket chains in the country have sales of this scope.

1967
Super Valu common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Sept. 13. It is the first voluntary group to have stock traded on the nation's largest securities market.

1971
Super Valu breaks the $1 billion sales mark, capping more than 40 years of unbroken sales growth.

1978
Mike Wright is named company president, beginning more than two decades at the company's helm. He is named CEO in 1981.

1980
The company acquires Minnesota-based Cub Foods, which operates five stores in the Twin Cities area. By 2004, Cub operates more than 100 stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

1988
Super Valu's affiliated retailers' combined sales make them the second largest food retailing group in the United States. The company is serving more than 3,100 stores in 32 states.

1991
Super Valu acquires Scott's Foods, a chain of 18 stores in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1992 Super Valu modifies the company name to SUPERVALU INC. and celebrates the company's 50th anniversary of retailing and retail support under the SUPERVALU name.

1992
SUPERVALU purchases St. Louis-based Wetterau, Inc. This acquisition deepens SUPERVALU's Midwestern distribution operations and adds two retail banners: SHOP 'N SAVE® and SAVE-A-LOT®.

1994
SUPERVALU acquires Hyper Shoppes, Inc., the Cincinnati-based operator of bigg's® hypermarkets (supercenter format stores) and bigg's Foods stores.

1998
SUPERVALU now handles 15 percent of the nation's food distribution business and completes the opening or acquisition of 73 stores including locations for CUB®, Scott's Foods, SHOP 'N SAVE in both Pittsburgh and St. Louis and SAVE-A-LOT.

1999
SUPERVALU completes the $1.2 billion acquisition of Virginia-based Richfood Holdings. This provides significant distribution penetration in the Eastern seaboard and adds three brands to SUPERVALU's retail portfolio: Virginia's FARM FRESH®, Baltimore-based Metro (converted to SHOPPERS® in 2003 and 2004), and SHOPPERS Food Warehouse in Washington, D.C.

2000
SUPERVALU is among the first member companies in the Worldwide Retail Exchange, the premier retail-focused, business-to-business Internet exchange.

2001
Jeff Noddle is named chief executive officer of SUPERVALU, following more than two decades of leadership by Mike Wright. In 2002, Noddle is named chairman of the board in addition to his position as president and CEO.

SUPERVALU also launches SVHarbor, an industry-leading, Internet-enabled business-to-business portal for affiliate and corporate retailers, manufacturer partners and distribution operations.

2002
Advantage Logistics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU, is launched. Advantage Logistics offers third-party logistics solutions to a variety of retailers and manufacturers of highly consumable goods.

The company acquires St. Louis-based Deal$: Nothing Over a Dollar. This single-price-point general merchandise retailer joins forces with SAVE-A-LOT to pioneer combination food and dollar-priced general merchandise under one roof. By 2004, more than 30 percent of the SAVE-A-LOT network has been converted to this combination format.

2003
SUPERVALU engineers an innovative acquisition through an asset exchange with C&S Wholesale Grocers. The transaction exchanges SUPERVALU's assets in the Northeastern United States for Midwestern assets held by C&S. This exchange strengthens SUPERVALU's presence in the Central and Midwestern United States while increasing efficiency gains through volume consolidation.

SUPERVALU introduces a new mission statement rededicating the company to serving its customers better than anyone else could serve them.

2005
SUPERVALU acquires Total Logistic Control (TLC), a third-party logistics (3PL) company offering companies with large-scale logistics challenges the ability to outsource their supply chain management.

SUPERVALU also launches W. NEWELL®, a specialty produce distribution company combining SUPERVALU's long-standing heritage in produce, extensive knowledge of produce retailing, and market-leading position in food distribution to provide unsurpassed variety of the freshest produce with unmatched customer service.

2006
SUPERVALU opens its first Sunflower Market store. Sunflower Market offers a refreshing take on the natural and organics market: all of the quality, without the high price tag.

SUPERVALU acquires the premier retail properties of ALBERTSONS®. This combination propels the company to the position of third-largest grocery retailing company in the U.S.

<img src="http://www.supervalu.com/sv-webapp/images/pictures/history/history.jpg">