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Company: Ahold USA Inc. (Ahold)

Ahold is the American arm of Koninklijke Ahold NV, a Dutch retail group. The company is in the top twenty retailers and top ten grocery retailers in the U.S. It operates stores in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Most of the company’s stores are in the Northeast. The company also operates the Peapod.com online grocery business.

In 2012, Ahold’s U.S. operations employed over 120,000 people and generated revenues of approximately $26 billion.

Year Founded: 1887 (Parent company) Number of Locations: 774

Trade Names (# of locations)

Super Stop & Shop (333) ; Giant Food Store (172) ; Giant Food Store (171) ; Stop & Shop (70) ; Martin's (26) ; Giant to Go (1) ; FoodSource (1)

Early Years and Growth

In 1923, David Javitch started Giant Food Stores, LLC (now known as Giant-Carlisle). At that time, it was one small meat market in Carlisle, Pennsylvania operating as The Carlisle Meat Market.

In 1936, Giant-Landover was founded by Nehemiah Meir "N.M." Cohen and Samuel Lehrman. The first store was at Georgia Avenue and Park Road in the District of Columbia.

In 1981, the Javitch family sold The Carlisle Meat Market (Giant-Carlisle) to Ahold and over the years, Ahold completely revamped and modernized stores, including remodels, expansions and upgrades. The company has added features through the modernization process, including in-store banking, pharmacies, coffee shops, photo processing, and dry cleaning services.

In 1995, Ahold bought the Stop & Shop chain. Stop & Shop's history goes all the way back to 1892, when Solomon and Jeanie Rabinovitz started with one grocery store in Boston's North End.

In 1997, Giant-Carlisle merged with Edwards Super Food Stores, another company owned by Royal Ahold.

In 1998, Ahold acquired Giant-Landover, and along with it the Martin’s Food Markets chain of stores. The Martin's Food Markets is operated within the Giant-Landover division and is not related to the South Bend, Indiana based Martin's Super Market chain. The Martin's brand has stores throughout Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and their format is identical to Giant-Carlisle.

In 2000, Ahold bought 51% of Peapod.com and in 2001 bought out the rest of the company. Peapod is an online grocery delivery business that was founded in 1989 by Andrew and Thomas Parkinson. Peapod only delivers from Ahold company stores to their local area customers and those in the Chicago area, since the company has distribution warehouses there.

In 2004, Ahold merged Giant-Carlisle, Giant-Landover and Stop & Shop, bringing them all under the Ahold umbrella.

In 2006, Ahold signed a contract with Starbucks Coffee to open Starbucks locations in several of its Giant-Landover stores.

In 2009, Ahold acquired the Ukrops chain.

In 2012, Ahold bought 16 Genuardi's Family Markets in the Philadelphia area.

Throughout the 2000s, Ahold has opened new stores and added services including gas stations, full-service floral departments, smoothie and juice bars, expanded deli and bakery departments, and organic produce. One of the big changes for the chain has been a new Super Giant store format that is nearly 100,000 square feet with a much greater selection than the other store formats.


Headquarter City: Quincy, Massachusetts

Targeted Consumer

Ahold's target consumers include a wide array of Americans because of the company’s variety of store formats. People shopping for groceries, medication, consumables and gasoline are all part of its target market.

Work Environment

Reviews on Glassdoor.com

The 14 reviews on Glassdoor.com show the company gets an overall 2.9 out of 5 stars and 17% of employees recommend the company to a friend. Of all the categories rated, culture & values received the most stars, at 3.5 out of 5.

100% of reviewers approve of the company's CEO.

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