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.

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: 196 stores
  • Nevada: 9 stores TOTAL: 205
  • Save Mart: 82 Full-service stores
  • Lucky: 69 Full-service stores (Greater San Francisco Bay Area)
  • FoodMaxx: 53 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
  • Lee Gelb: Vice President of Human Resources
  • 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

Annual Charitable Giving

The Save Mart Companies invested $1.6 million back into communities throughout California and Northern Nevada in 2019.

  • Fundraising Campaigns: $260,000 – Benefiting children’s hospitals and local food banks
  • Community Giving: $509,000 – Product or gift cards to support local events, sport team sponsorships, schools, etc.
  • C.A.R.E.S. Foundation: $450,000 – Grants for improvement projects for the community, arts, recreation, education and sports
  • SHARES powered by eScrip: $416,000- Donations to community based organizations

Food Waste Reduction/Recycling

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

  • Perishable Recovery Program 7.2 million pounds for 2019 to Feeding America local food banks
  • Composting – 18,800 tons in 2019, started program in 1997
  • Cardboard Recycling: 32,500 tons for 2019
  • Soft Plastic Recycling: 800 tons for 2019


Victoria Castro
Public Affairs Manager

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