Company Profile

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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products to communities throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company operates 207 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, and MaxxValue Foods. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop and the Sunnyside Farms dairy processing plant in Turlock.

Annual Sales

$4.5 Billion

Over 14,000 Employees

Unions representing our employees—

  • U.F.C.W. (Local 5, Local 8, Local 648, Local 711, Local 770)
  • Teamsters (Local 150, Local 315, Local 386, Local 439)


  • California: 198 stores
  • Nevada: 9 stores TOTAL: 207
  • Save Mart: 83 Full-service stores
  • Lucky: 69 Full-service stores (Greater San Francisco Bay Area)
  • FoodMaxx: 54 Price-impact stores
  • MaxxValue: 1 Price-impact store

Distribution Infrastructure

  • Super Store Industries (Lathrop, CA; has 900,000 sq. ft. of frozen, refrigerated, and dry storage space. It uses the combined buying power of more than one privately-owned grocery chain, including voting partner Save Mart Supermarkets, to purchase or produce products at the lowest possible cost without sacrificing quality. SSI owns and operates Sunnyside Farms Dairies (Fairfield and Turlock, CA).
  • Yosemite Wholesale (Merced, CA) is 220,000 sq. ft. with refrigerated and dry goods.
  • Roseville Save Mart Distribution Center is 420,000 sq. ft. with refrigerated and dry goods.
  • SMART Refrigerated Transport (Lathrop, CA) is a trucking firm that transports dry groceries, frozen foods, ice, and novelties to all of Save Mart Supermarkets’ stores.

Executive Team

  • Nicole Piccinini Pesco: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chris McGarry: President & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
  • Ali Sadiq: Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Trey Johnson: Chief Merchandising Officer
  • Barbara Walker: Chief Marketing Officer
  • Carrie Rasmussen: Chief Information Officer
  • Hal Levitt: Senior Vice President of Retail Operations
  • Bobby McDowell: Vice President, Retail Operations, Save Mart
  • Dean Willhite: Vice President, Retail Operations, FoodMaxx
  • Donna Robbins: Vice President, Retail Operations, Lucky
  • Lee Gelb: Vice President of Human Resources

Annual Charitable Giving

SHARES: $4.5 Million

A card-based program designed to Support the Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education, and Sports in the communities that have Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx stores. Each time a cardholder uses his or her card, a designated school, church, or nonprofit organization receives a donation equal to three percent of the cardholder’s purchase.


2018 Charitable Campaigns:  OVER $2,000,000*

*Benefiting children’s hospitals and local food banks.

  • Community event donations: $125,000* *School/non-profit auction and food items
  • Community giving: $181,000 – Product or gift cards to support local events
  • CARES Foundation: $300,000 – Grants for improvements to the community, arts, recreation, education and sports

Food Waste Reduction/Recycling

The Save Mart Companies diverting 85% of stores’ waste out of landfills each year.

  • Perishable Recovery Program 5.7 million pounds for 2018 to Feeding America local food banks
  • Composting – 21,000 tons for 2018, started program in 1997
  • Cardboard Recycling: 40,740 tons for 2018
  • Soft Plastic Recycling: 1,750 tons for 2018


Stacia Hill Levenfeld
Executive Director, Communications & Public Affairs

Victoria Castro
Public Affairs Manager

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