Welcome to Coborn’s, Inc.! Our growing retail company is in the business of people serving people – our employees and our guests! Our employee-owned company strives to live out our vision to be remarkable by inspiring happiness, healthy living and simplicity, one guest at a time.
We feature 54 grocery stores and 70 convenience, liquor and other retail locations throughout the Midwest. We employ about 8,000 remarkable employees, representing five generations of Coborn family leadership. President and CEO Chris Coborn (4th generation) has led us in our recent expansion throughout the Midwest.
The different grocery store formats we offer include: Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Marketplace Foods, 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, and Captain Jack’s. In addition, 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, Country Floral, 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 share value increases year over year and our employees work hard to continually improve our company in order to remain a company our employees are proud to own.
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 2014, we gave away $2.5 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 our guests to partner with us to make an impact 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, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods stores and the hiring of our own staff dietitian to help educate food buyers, guests, and the community at large.