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Randalls Food Markets Inc.

Randalls Food Markets is Texas-born and has a proud heritage. You may know us by our "Randalls" and "Flagship Randalls" stores in the Houston and Austin areas, and our "Tom Thumb", "Flagship Tom Thumb" and "Simon David" stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We employ more than 18,000 people in Texas, each one committed to ensuring your shopping experience at our stores is pleasant.

The trademark of every one of our stores is our commitment to offering the highest quality products, while providing courteous and friendly service. That commitment has guided Randalls Food Markets for more than 30 years as it grew from a small two-store operation into a premier grocery retailer.

A look back

Founded in 1966 by Robert Onstead, Norman Frewin and R.C. Barclay — all humble men from close families and small communities — the trio opened two outlets the first year, another one two years later and a fourth in 1970. By the end of the decade, the three entrepreneurs owned 15 stores and had established themselves as key players in the market.

The ’80s was a decade of growth for the company. The chain expanded to 42 stores with convenient locations, quality products, competitive prices and a strong commitment to customer service and to the community. By 1991, Randalls had passed the billion-dollar mark in sales, making it the fastest-growing company in Houston, as well as the leader among supermarket chains in Texas.

Adding to that growth, in August 1992, Randalls purchased Cullum Companies, a Dallas-based supermarket retailer and owner of Tom Thumb and Simon David stores in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin. The purchase of Cullum Companies doubled the size of Randalls Food Markets with more than 100 stores statewide, and the company became a dominant player in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. A year later, the company reopened nine former AppleTree and Tom Thumb stores in Austin under the Randalls banner, giving the company a significant presence in the Texas Hill Country. In recent years, new store construction and acquisitions have broadened its base of operations and strengthened the company's position even further.

In 1999, Randalls Food Markets Inc. merged with Safeway Inc., making us part of a $30 billion publicly-held supermarket chain — the world's leading grocery retailer with some 1,650 stores in the U.S. and Western Canada. Our new relationship with Safeway brings an incredible buying power, helping us bring our customers more high quality products at an even greater value.

Our stores

Our more than 115 combination food and pharmacy stores appeal to a broad customer base by offering shoppers an extensive variety of products and services, including large produce departments, in-store bakeries, delicatessens, full-service meat and seafood departments, salad bars, banks, pharmacies, full-service floral departments, expanded cosmetic departments, video rental departments and film processing counters.

Many of our stores emphasize expanded food-to-go departments with open preparation areas to create a farmer’s market atmosphere and highlight product freshness for our customers. Flagship Randalls stores offer a wider variety of top quality gourmet and specialty selections and an expanded array of premium services, including expanded bakery departments, a wide range of freshly prepared foods (including made-to-order pizza, pastas and barbecued meats), home delivery and catering.

What’s in store?

Our stores are designed to create a one-stop shopping experience that blends concerns for value and quick service with variety, quality and convenience. We have established a distinctive reputation for providing high quality products and a variety of specialty departments.

We strive to offer a broad array of products and time-saving services as part of the solution to today’s lifestyles and demands. One-stop shopping is important to our customers, so it’s important to us.

In-store services such as bank branches, ATMs, one-hour photo processing, full-service pharmacy, video rental, and in some locations drive-thru pharmacy windows, fueling stations and dry cleaning services make shopping at Randalls and Tom Thumb truly convenient.

In addition, customer service centers in each store provide a wide array of services, including the purchase of lottery and movie tickets, check cashing, and payment of utility bills and car licenses.

Our selection of beef, natural poultry and pork, fresh seafood, and local produce differentiates our stores from others. In addition, many of our stores offer daily selections of pasta and dinner entrees, as well as made-to-order pizzas, rotisserie chickens, quiches, hot and cold sandwiches and salads. And every store contains a full-service floral shop with many of them staffed with a master designer.

Our wide variety of products is supplemented with our own private-label brand items, which provide high quality at lower prices in comparison to national name brands.

Our web site provides you a quick overview of what's in store. The only way to truly experience Randalls/Tom Thumb is to stop by soon. We look forward to seeing you!



Houston/Division Headquarters
3663 Briarpark
Houston, Texas 77042
(713) 268-3500
Austin Office
3300 Bee Cave Rd.
Austin, Texas 78746
(512) 427-2540
Dallas Office
14303 Inwood Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75244
(972) 661-9700

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