This is the largest calendar year of growth to date in the history of Stater Bros., with ten supermarket openings during the 12-month period.
Jack H. Brown joins Stater Bros. as President and Chief Executive Officer.
A Bread Distribution Facility is put into operation at the Colton, California complex.
Stater Bros. launches its first television advertising campaign in September of this year.
Petrolane Incorporated sells Stater Bros. to a private investment group and La Cadena Investments, headed by Jack Brown.
Stater Bros. goes public with a stock offering.
A four-month battle for control of Stater Bros. is concluded with La Cadena Investments winning on all issues, and Jack Brown is elected Chairman of the Board.
Stater Bros. becomes a private company.
Stater Bros. institutes a “Family” Service Award Program to recognize employees who have reached milestones in their careers.
Stater Bros. opens its 100th Supermarket in Redlands, California.
Stater Bros. reaches a sales volume in excess of $1 billion.
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 101 stores and employs over 7,000.
The Training Center was dedicated and named the “Gerry Pollock Training Center” in honor of Geraldine Pollock, the Training Center Coordinator. At the time of the dedication, Gerry had taught over 10,000 Stater Bros. checkers during 20 years of service.
La Cadena Investments, headed by Jack Brown, becomes sole stockholder of Stater Bros.
Stater Bros. introduces a Service Seafood Department as part of its standard store layout at the opening of the new Stater Bros. Supermarket in Laguna Woods, California.
Stater Bros. first appears on the internet.
Stater Bros. acquires 43 additional Supermarket locations, which includes 33 former Albertsons supermarkets and 10 former Lucky supermarkets. Ten of the new locations are in San Diego County, giving Stater Bros. its first presence in this county. Several of these locations included pharmacies, which were all initially closed. With the space already available, a private company reopened many of these pharmacies over the next few years.
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 155 Supermarkets and employs over 14,000.