Spartan Stores (Nasdaq: SPTN) is a leading regional grocery/drugstore retailer and wholesale distributor based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a result of several acquisitions since 1999, Spartan Stores now owns and operates 96 supermarkets throughout Michigan.
Spartan Stores also supplies more than 40,000 private and national brand products to nearly 375 independent grocery locations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Spartan-owned retail stores
Michigan Facilities Locations
|Retail and Wholesale Grocery Store Distribution||Grand Rapids|
At the end of 1917, a group of independent grocers discussed forming a cooperative to create buying power for group members. In early 1918, 27 members incorporated the Grand Rapids Wholesale Grocery Company, a name it kept until 1957 when the company became Spartan Stores, Inc. In 1954, the company produced its first private-label, Spartan brand product, coffee.
Although the company changed its cooperative status to “for profit status” in the early 1970s, the publicly held company did not become publicly traded on the Nasdaq until August 2000.