As Dallas boomed and its suburban limits expanded, so did Tom Thumb. The marketplace was fiercely competitive. But by leveraging its local advantage, it prospered and by 1956 had grown to 20 stores. Tom Thumb was well on its way to becoming a major regional chain. Bob Cullum was a tireless innovator, especially in offering non-food items such as housewares and health and beauty products. Construction of new, larger stores and purchases of small chains, continued non-stop.
Don't Fence Me In
From 1950-66 Tom Thumb doubled its sales volume. They bought the gourmet specialty Simon David stores, 34 Hinky Dinky stores in the Midwest, even 17 Pantry Food Markets in California. Easily the most impactful move was the addition of Page Drugs. It signaled a new direction for Tom Thumb, combining food and drug in one store. It worked spectacularly. By 1974 sales had reached half a billion dollars. The zenith of this growth was in the 1980’s with a farsighted venture with Wal-Mart; the opening of A 220,000 square foot hyperstore. Despite its enormous sales volume, the project proved ahead of its time and was discontinued. Tom Thumb’s management took this opportunity to catch their breath. A refocused corporate strategy in the 90’s lead to a consolidation. In 1992 Jack Evans merged the Tom Thumb operations with those of a longtime colleague, Robert Onstead of Randall’s. Tom Thumb’s historic tradition of innovative customer service continued after the merger. In 1997 the first steps were begun to introduce online grocery service.
At Heart Always A Neighborhood Store
In 2015, our parent company, AB Acquisition LLC, completed a transaction with Safeway that included Tom Thumb stores. Today, as part of the company’s Southern division, Tom Thumb operates 57 stores as part of the Albertsons Southern Division in North Texas, which is part of a 2,200+ store operation that employs approximately 265,000 people nationwide.
All of our stores, no matter what banner they operate under, were founded around the philosophy of offering customers the products they wanted to buy at a fair price, with lots of tender, loving care. We still open our doors every day today with that in mind, and because of it, we run really great stores.
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