BOISE, Idaho -- Joe Albertson went into the grocery business to fill a basic human need. "Regardless of the economic climate, people will always have to eat," he told SN in a 1975 interview. Starting with a single store here in 1939, Albertsons has become the nation's second largest conventional supermarket chain, with nearly 1,400 supermarkets and 750 freestanding drug stores in 31 states accounting for sales of more than $35 billion. Joe Albertson was working for Safeway in Kansas when ...

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