A pioneer in the supermarket industry who built one of its largest chains, Joseph Albertson epitomized the customer-oriented approach to food retailing. From the headquarters in Boise, Idaho, where he founded the chain that bears his name in 1939, Albertson focused relentlessly on pleasing his shoppers. His approach earned him a fortune that he eagerly gave back to the community with the same enthusiasm that he rolled out new innovations in food retailing. “Joe's philosophy ...

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