Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and the grocer’s colorful history, and its big plans for the future, make it the perfect selection as The Shelby Report’s 2015 West Retailer of Year.
The West Sacramento, California-based grocery chain’s exact birthday? Feb. 16. That was the day, in 1935, that Thomas P. “Tom” Raley opened his first store on Main Street in Placerville and advertised it as “the nation’s first drive-in market.”
Today, with more than 120 stores in Northern California and Nevada and thousands of employees, Raley’s executives say customer service remains a priority, along with providing busy, health-conscious families with delicious, easy meal ideas at an everyday value.
“My family and I are proud of how the company has grown over the last eight decades, and proud that we continue to provide high-quality, fresh and local products and exceptional customer service—just like my grandfather set out to do in 1935,” says Raley’s President and CEO Mike Teel, the third-generation family member to lead the company.
Additionally, Raley’s milestone anniversary coincides with a renewed company-wide commitment to wellness and sustainability. This special section details those efforts and take a look back at how Raley’s has grown into the greater Sacramento region’s largest family-owned company and the 17th largest private company in California.
*Editor’s note: This special section also appears in the October print edition of The Shelby Report of the West.