Tom Thumb Weekly Ad - Tom Thumb food supermarket chain pharmacy is & in Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Operating under the name Tom Thumb — traditional grocery stores; Flagship Tom Thumb — high-end stores, usually in the area of rich. It makes up part of the southern division of Albertsons. It is (as of May 2000) number two supermarket in the competitive Dallas/Fort Worth area (in terms of market share) behind Walmart, but only when combined with sister stores Albertsons and Market Street. The chain of distribution center is located in Roanoke, Texas.
Tom Thumb was founded in 1948 by J.R. Bost and Robert b. Cullum as Tom Thumb food stores after acquiring 6 Toro supermarket (Cullum is a wholesale supplier for Toro Toro when folded and owner fled the country). It was once a publicly traded company on the NYSE under the name Cullum companies. By 1956 it was grown to 20 stores. They bought 34 Hinky Dinky Stores in the Midwest, 17 Pantry food markets in California, as well as drug store pages (Tom Thumb, added "page" for the name of their stores after the acquisition). Freestanding page stores then sold to Eckerd. They also bought a gourmet specialty Simon David stores in 1963.
Tom Thumb, broaden its reach to Austin, Texas, in 1972 when the grocer entered the market. Tom Thumb partnered with Wal-Mart in 1987 to create Hypermart USA stores, but the lack of initial success led them to drop out in 1991. There are several locations, including Garland, Texas, and Arlington, Texas. They are the initial prototype for Walmart Supercenter concept at this time, though they are much larger than today's Supercenters.
Tom Thumb offers loyalty cards (Reward card) that provides discounts on gasoline, as well as a portion of the proceeds donated to charity. Loyalty cards good at all the former property of the Safeway stores. During the period after the Tom Thumb was purchased by Randall's but before Randall's purchased by Safeway, card accepted at the Tom Thumb, and Randall's locations. Current card Reward program is based on the promise Club program originally developed by Tom Thumb early in 1985. The program promises clubs including "Electronic check" (EFT), special discounts, gift cards for the user based on points earned when shopping with the card, and mail advertisements directly to homes of the card holder.
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