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1936-1959

1936
Founders Cleo and Leo Stater open the first Stater Bros. grocery store in Yucaipa, California (San Bernardino County) during the Great Depression.
1939
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. opens four additional grocery stores in San Bernardino County: Redlands (1937), Bloomington (1938), Colton (1938), and Fontana (1939).
1948
Stater Bros. opens its first “Super” market on Mission Boulevard in Riverside, California. This is the first Stater Bros. in Riverside County.
1949
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 12 grocery stores and employs 225.
1950
The first Stater Bros. in Los Angeles County opens in Pomona, California.
1951
Stater Bros. moves to a 9,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse facility on Miller Drive in Colton, California. Prior to this, product was stored in the backroom of the Stater Bros. store in Colton, California.
1958
The first version of the current Stater Bros. corporate logo is developed.
1959
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 23 locations, and employs over 700.
 

1960-1979

1960
Stater Bros. begins operation of a construction division. Since then, Stater Bros. Development (as it is currently called) has been responsible for all the planning, supervision and construction of new Stater Bros. Supermarkets and other facilities.
1960
The first Stater Bros. in Orange County opens in Costa Mesa, California.
1961
Stater Bros. relocates its corporate offices and warehouse to Barton Road in Colton, California. This complex continues to grow to meet the needs of the expanding chain.
1965
Stater Bros. opens a Checker Training Center at the Colton offices, which was the first of its kind in the Southern California Supermarket Industry.
1968
Stater Bros. is purchased by Long Beach-based Petrolane Incorporated.
1969
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 35 locations and employs over 2,000.
1977
Stater Bros. enters the computer age with the introduction of an automated accounting system.
1979
Scanning is first introduced to Stater Bros. customers.
1979
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 82 stores and employs over 5,000.
 

1980-1999

1980
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.
1981
Jack H. Brown joins Stater Bros. as President and Chief Executive Officer.
1981
A Bread Distribution Facility is put into operation at the Colton, California complex.
1982
Stater Bros. launches its first television advertising campaign in September of this year.
1983
Petrolane Incorporated sells Stater Bros. to a private investment group and La Cadena Investments, headed by Jack Brown.
1985
Stater Bros. goes public with a stock offering.
1986
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.
1987
Stater Bros. becomes a private company.
1987
Stater Bros. institutes a “Family” Service Award Program to recognize employees who have reached milestones in their careers.
1988
Stater Bros. opens its 100th Supermarket in Redlands, California.
1988
Stater Bros. reaches a sales volume in excess of $1 billion.
1989
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 101 stores and employs over 7,000.
1993
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.
1997
La Cadena Investments, headed by Jack Brown, becomes sole stockholder of Stater Bros.
1997
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.
1998
Stater Bros. first appears on the internet.
1999
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.
1999
By the end of this decade, Stater Bros. is operating 155 Supermarkets and employs over 14,000.
 

2000-Present


2001
Stater Bros. is named “Supermarket Retailer of the Year” by Progressive Grocer, a business publication.
2004
Stater Bros. announces plans to build and relocate its entire General Offices and Distribution Center facilities to a 200-acre site that is part of the former Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California.
2004
For the second time in this decade, Stater Bros. is named “Supermarket Retailer of the Year” by Grocery Headquarters magazine.
2005
Stater Bros. makes the “Fortune 500” list for the first time, as No. 493.
2005
Stater Bros. becomes owner of all the Stater Bros. pharmacies, under the banner of Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy.
2007
Stater Bros. officially opens its new 2.3 million square-foot Corporate Offices and Norton Distribution Center in San Bernardino, California.
2008
The new 1.2 million square-foot Stater Bros. Dry Distribution Center begins operation in February.
2008
The new 700,000 square-foot Stater Bros. Refrigerated Distribution Center begins operation in September. This facility includes multiple temperature zones ranging from 55° F to -20° F.
2008
The 17,000 square-foot Stater Bros. Human Resources Building opens in November.
2008
Stater Bros. Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is established.
2009
Stater Bros. introduces a “Green Waste” composting program in all Supermarket locations.
2009
The 155,000 square-foot Stater Bros. Support Services Building opens in October and completes the move to the new San Bernardino campus.
2010
Stater Bros. receives “2010 Community Service Award” from America’s Supermarket Industry for exceptional leadership and involvement in the community.
2010
Stater Bros. is recognized by the State of California as a 2010 WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) Winner for eliminating more than 150 million pounds of waste from landfills each year.
2011
Stater Bros. begins its year-long 75th Anniversary Celebration.
2011
Jack Brown directed the compiling and publishing of a book on the history of Stater Bros. Markets entitled 'A Dream in the Making - Remembering 75 Golden Years'
2012
Stater Bros. Supermarkets is rated the best place to shop for groceries in Southern California by a Leading National Consumer Magazine.
2013
During its first five years of operation, Stater Bros. Charities donated over $12 million in the communities served by Stater Bros. Markets.
2013
In October 2013, Stater Bros. received the Retail Patriot Award from the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association for going "above and beyond the call of duty" in supporting our troops and veterans.
2014
Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2013 of $3.9 billion.  The Company currently operates 167 Supermarkets, and there are nearly 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.