About Us

Coborn’s, Inc. is a thriving employee-owned company featuring 120+ retail locations, including 48 grocery stores throughout the Midwest. We employ 7,400+ fantastic employees, representing five generations of Coborn family leadership. With Chris Coborn as president and CEO, last year’s revenue was $1.2 billion. We’re expanding throughout the Midwest and are continually improving our operations so we can continue to be a company our employees are proud to own.

Our mission and vision are simple: Be the Best Place to Work  and Be the Best Place to Shop. We do this by providing superior value to our customers and working ethically to do what is right.

The different grocery store formats we offer include: Coborn’s, Cash Wise, and Save-A-Lot. Besides our brick and mortar grocery stores, we also have a unique service called CobornsDelivers and Cash Wise Delivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service. We also own and operate 35 liquor stores, under the brands of Coborn’s Liquor, Cash Wise Liquor, Payless Liquor, and Captain Jack’s. Plus, our fuel and convenience division, pharmacy division, in-house grocery warehouse and distribution center, in-house Central Bakery, and Tops Cleaners are significant assets to our operations. We also have a handful of entities in the markets where the fit is right:  Ace Hardware, Caribou Coffee, Dunn Bros Coffee, and Subway.

As an ESOP company, we take pride in ownership and we accomplish our goals through competitive prices, friendly services, product quality, cleanliness, and safety. Our company Golden Rule is: treat all with dignity and respect and we live it every day.

We believe in giving back to the communities that support our businesses. As philanthropists, we give to health initiatives, youth, nonprofits and the fight to end hunger. In 2012, we gave away $2.4 million to support the communities we serve and we donated more than 1.4 million fresh and nutritious meals to those who need it most in our local communities, through our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland. Our “Bag Hunger” program also invites customers to get involved by purchasing prepackaged grocery bags for food shelves.

Because the well-being of our communities is important to us, we continue to invest in health education; we encourage health and wellness through nutritious food choices and being active. Some of our recent investments include the implementation of the NuVal food nutrition scoring program in our Coborn’s stores and the hiring of our own staff dietitian to help educate food buyers, customers, and the community at large.

We’re always seeking ways to improve our company and expanding our horizons.