It all started in 1939. When Joe Albertson opened his first grocery store in Boise, Idaho, in 1939, he called it “Idaho’s largest and finest food store.” Joe was innovative. He had one of the first magazine racks in the country. He offered his customers hot, buttered popcorn, roasted nuts, and double-dipped home-made ice cream cones, plus one of the first scratch bakeries. From the beginning, his philosophy was to “Give the customer the merchandise they want, at a price they can afford, complete with lots of tender, loving care.” Today, in all of its 600+ stores from California to Florida and with over 60,000 associates, Albertsons still practices this same philosophy. The organization has evolved from that corner store into a chain spanning several states, but its focus continues to be on the customer, and on becoming the favorite neighborhood food and drug retailer in every market where it does business.