Headquartered in 646 South Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78204
H-E-B is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas with approximately $17 billion in revenue and 76,000 Partners. Founded in 1905, H-E-B operates more than 340 stores in a number of formats, including superstores, supermarkets and gourmet markets. H-E-B is the #1 food retailer in the Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley markets. Our company is the largest private company in Texas and one of the 15 largest privately held companies in the U.S.
Working here is more than a job. It's a chance work with many great people and blaze an exciting career path. Our employees are called Partners. That's because we work together to build our company and create a sense of community here in Texas.
Specialties Retail, Grocery, Fresh Products, and General Merchandise, Manufacturing, Warehousing, Transportation, Product Developmentmore »
Headquartered in LUSH North America supports more than 230 retail stores in Canada and the USA, a mail order business based in Vancouver, and manufacturing centers in both Vancouver and Toronto.
5,001 to 10,000 employees
LUSH is known worldwide for our unique bath and beauty products, amazing skin and hair care, personalized customer service, and environmental activism and a fun & funky store atmosphere. We are dedicated to the practices of fair trade sourcing and supporting sustainable communities as well as giving back to organizations that can make a difference through our Charity Pot Program.more »
Headquartered in 1954 Innerbelt Business Center Dr.
St. Louis MO, United States 63114
1,001 to 5,000 employees
The Build-A-Bear Workshop covers the "bear" necessities and much more. Located mainly in malls, the company's stores allow kids to design their own teddy bears and other stuffed animals complete with clothing (formal wear to western wear), shoes (including Skechers), and a barrage of accessories (eyewear, cell phones, and the like). Customers can build bears online, too. The chain offers an in-store Build-A-Party and an interactive online community, as well as online games and e-cards. Build-A-Bear, founded by CEO Maxine Clark in 1997, boasts about 345 stores in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, the UK, and Ireland, and franchises others in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
In addition to its retail shops, Build-A-Bear operates Bearville.com, a virtual world website (launched in 2007) where bears bought in the company's stores can adopt an online persona. Taking a page from rival Webkinz, which provides a plush toy coupled with a rich online experience, Bearville.com's online offerings include games, an online book club, blogs, videos, and more. (It even has an iPhone app.)
Build-A-Bear's retail presence in the US, Canada, and beyond is growing. Outside of North America the chain operates nearly 60 company-owned stores in the UK and Ireland. About 80 additional locations are run by franchisees. Germany, Australia, and Japan are home to about half of those stores.
Build-A-Bear's total sales fell nearly 2% in 2011 vs. the prior year, while net income and cash flow also declined. Sales at Build-A-Bear stores open more than a year (known in the business as same-store sales and generally considered to be the best indicator of a retailer's overall health) have declined every year since 2008 and the retailer has failed to turn a profit in two of the past three years. Build-A-Bear has struggled to grow in the aftermath of the deep recession, which brought the fast-growing company's growth spurt to a halt. Indeed, the $394 million the chain rang up in 2011 was 17% less than in 2007. The prolonged decline suggests that the company's problem may be more fundamental than just a drop in mall traffic and lack of consumer confidence. Indeed, the appeal of the build-your-own-bear retail concept may be waning.
Build-A-Bear's growth strategy includes adding new stores in the US and abroad as the economy improves. Indeed, the retailer feels there's room for as many as 325 locations across North America and 70 shops in the UK and Ireland. After adding stores at non-traditional retail locations, including zoos, hospitals, and major league ball parks, the company is looking to new avenues for growth. In 2012 it teamed up with Home Meridian, parent company to the upscale Pulanski furniture business. Build-A-Bear is partnering with Pulanski to develop a collection of youth furniture under the Build-A-Bear Workshop HOME name. Since rolling out the line, the furniture maker has expanded its juvenile furniture offerings with a 633 Beariffic Bedroom Collection that features interchangeable drawer pulls and different sets of hardware. Prior to the Pulanski partnership, the company hadn't had much success expanding beyond its core Build-A-Bear business. The last of its Friends 2B make-your-own doll concept locations closed in 2010. Also, the company wrote off its minority investment in Ridemarkerz, an interactive retail concept that allowed users to build and customize their own model cars. To reverse the decline in its business, Build-A-Bear is also focusing on product innovation and looking to larger, limited-edition animals that launch about once a month to drive traffic to its stores and boost sales.
BML Investment Partners, controlled by director Braden Leonard, is Build-A-Bear's largest shockholder with about 13% of its shares. CEO Clark owns nearly 12% of the company.more »
Headquartered in 4705 S. 129th East Ave.
Tulsa OK, United States 74134
QuikTrip provides a quick fix for those on the go. QuikTrip (QT) owns and operates more than 615 gasoline/convenience stores in nearly a dozen, mostly in the central US. QT stores, which average 4,600 sq. ft., feature the company's own QT brand of gas and diesel fuel, as well as brand-name beverages, candy, and tobacco, and QT's Quik 'n Tasty and HOTZI lines of sandwiches. QT's 15-plus travel centers offer scales, food, fuel, showers, and other services for truckers. The firm's FleetMaster program offers commercial trucking companies detailed reports showing drivers' product purchases, amounts spent, and odometer readings. QT was co-founded in 1958 by chairman Chester Cadieux. His son Chet runs the firm.
QuikTrip supplies its retail stores with food from its QT Distribution (QTD) subsidiary. More than 70% of the food products sold at QT stores are delivered by QTD, which has warehouses in Arizona, Georgia, and Phoenix.
Tulsa-based QuikTrip operates convenience stores in Arizona, the Carolinas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Oklahoma. Its largest market is Atlanta, home to more than 120 of its 600-plus stores. From its strong base there, fast-growing QuikTrip is expanding into the Carolinas and beyond.
Gasoline accounted for more than half of QuikTrip's $10 billion in fiscal 2012 (ends April) sales. Due to the low margins on fuel sales, QuikTrip relies on pumping lots of gas and on indoor sales to fill its coffers. (On average, a QuikTrip store has 14 to 16 pumps per location to minimize wait time.)
QuikTrip is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy, adding 20 locations between December 2010 and December 2011, for a 3.7% increase in store count. (In 2011, it sold off five convenience stores located in the Springfield, Missouri, metropolitan area to competitor Casey's General Stores.) In 2012 it plans to up the bar, adding stores in the South and Midwest, including growing central Iowa, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where it currently operates more than 80 locations. Most of the new stores conform to the company's "Gen 3" format, the chain's newest store design. Gen 3 stores are larger than older QuikTrip stores, have multiple entrances, and offer outdoor seating. To drive indoor sales, QuikTrip, like many other convenience store operators, has turned to food (to make up for declining tobacco sales). After launching QT Kitchens in the mid-2000s, the venture operates five commissaries (in Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, Phoenix, and Tulsa) that serve all of the company's stores.more »
Costco Wholesale Corporation operates an international chain of membership warehouses, under the "Costco Wholesale" name, that carry quality, brand name merchandise at substantially lower prices than are typically found at conventional wholesale or retail sources. The warehouses are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use. Individuals may also purchase for their personal needs.
Costco's warehouses present one of the largest and most exclusive product category selections to be found under a single roof. Categories include groceries, confectionary, appliances, television and media, automotive supplies, tyres, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewellery, watches, cameras, books, housewares, apparel, health and beauty aids, tobacco, furniture, office supplies and office equipment. Costco is known for carrying top quality national and regional brands, at prices consistently below traditional wholesale or retail outlets. Members can also shop for private label Kirkland Signature products, designed to be of equal or better quality than national brands, including juice, cookies, coffee, tyres, housewares, luggage, appliances, clothing and detergent.
According to Jim Sinegal, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, "Costco is able to offer lower prices and better values by eliminating virtually all the frills and costs historically associated with conventional wholesalers and retailers, including salespeople, fancy buildings, delivery, billing and accounts receivable. We run a tight operation with extremely low overhead which enables us to pass on dramatic savings to our members."
Costco offers two types of membership: Business and Gold Star. Business members qualify by owning or operating a business while Gold Star membership is available to individuals. All members get a free additional card. Costco warehouses are open seven days per week for all members.
Costco opened the first Australian location at Docklands in August 2009 and is opening locations in Auburn, NSW and Canberra, ACT in July, 2011.more »
Headquartered in 1500 Brooks Ave.
Rochester, NY, United States 14624
Wegmans Food Markets is a major regional supermarket chain, and one of the largest private companies in the U.S. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, Wegmans Food Markets is family-owned company, founded in 1916 by the Wegman family and employs over 47,000 people.
Wegmans has been ranked #2 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For ® in 2017. They are 1 of only 12 companies that has made it on the list for the last 20 consecutive years since its beginning in 1998.
Who is Wegmans Food Markets? Knowledgeable people who are passionate about food and deliver incredible service—that’s what we’re all about. Wegmans big, bright and beautiful stores offer a shopping experience that our customers adore; they rave about the open-air market ambiance, and the international selection of food. But what we hear that our customers love the most is the incredible service and warm, welcoming environment our people create at Wegmans. Our people have a genuine sense of pride in the exceptional products we offer in every department and a true passion for food and sharing their knowledge with our customers so they can live healthier, better lives.more »
Headquartered in 2285 Clark Dr.
Vancouver BC, Canada
5,001 to 10,000 employees
You needn't be a tart to sport lululemon athletica attire. The company designs and sells yoga-inspired apparel under the lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica brands to the limber and athletically hip. It operates 175 company-owned stores primarily located in North America. The rest are in Australia and New Zealand, where lululemon operates through a joint venture. While it specializes in making women's clothing for yoga, dance, and running, the company also offers men's apparel. Third-party, mostly Taiwanese, vendors make its apparel, which is distributed from facilities in Canada, the US, and Australia. The company was founded in 1998 by Chairman Dennis "Chip" Wilson.
Lululemon's sales have soared along with the growing popularity of yoga and its brand -- from about $40 million in 2004 to more than $1 billion in fiscal 2012 (ends January) -- despite an economic downturn that conspired against the company. The apparel retailer logged its most recent revenue leap from $711.7 million in 2011 (a 41% increase) by opening more than 40 new corporate-owned stores in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. During fiscal 2013 lululemon plans to open up to 30 namesake stores in the US and five in Australia and New Zealand. It also plans to expand in Canada with two ivivva-brand stores.
The company's rapid growth has been fueled by adding new stores, growing online sales, and achieving double-digit same-store sales. To this end, lululemon continues to focus on developing its direct-to-consumer sales channel. Since launching its retail website, direct sales have grown to account for 11% of lululemon's total, up from 8% in 2010 and 4% in 2009. To further drive website sales, the company is investing in its information technology systems in 2012 to improve efficiencies and bring its legacy systems up to speed, while also developing country-specific websites.
It may have a Vancouver address but the yoga outfitter has been cultivating some deep roots in the US. Just two short years ago, lululemon derived 60% of its revenue from its Canadian retail operation; today its home country brings in 43%, ranking second to the US. During the same time frame, the US has grown to become lululemon's biggest revenue source with 53%. Thanks to the company's joint venture in Australia, the apparel company has doubled its sales there. The company has spurred growth outside North America by boosting its ownership stake in New Harbour Yoga, its joint venture partner in Australia, from 13% to 80% in 2010. Beyond North America, lululemon is looking to the Asia/Pacific region and eventually Europe for expansion. (The company has a showroom in Hong Kong.)
Granted, most of lululemon's sales are to women, but the retailer is working to attract men as well, as more males are participating in yoga to stay fit. It's enticing men by marketing the "technical rigor" of its products. Aging Baby Boomers looking to adopt a lifestyle focused on longevity is another gain for lululemon. The apparel maker also concentrates on developing its ivivva dance-inspired line targeted to dancers and gymnasts age 6 to 12 years. Part of this strategy includes adding company-owned stores under the ivivva banner; it currently operates five.
Founder Wilson owns about 30% of lululemon's shares, while investment firm FMR LLC owns about 14%.more »
Vans is a state of mind. Thinking differently. Embracing creative self-expression. Authenticity and progression. Choosing your own line on your board and in your life. Vans holds over 50 years of youth culture connectivity and continues to advance its roots in action sports while recognizing the global “Off the Wall” connection between the brand and art, action sports, music and street culture enthusiasts.
Today, the Vans brand evolution continues- from its foundation as an original skateboarding company since '66, to a leading action sports brand, to defining its anthem of living 'Off the Wall' as youth culture. From its birthplace on the West Coast, Vans has grown beyond a shoe. It's a global movement- reaching from Barcelona to Beijing, Sao Paulo to Sydney, Orange County to New York.
Vans goes to market through its network of deeply rooted wholesale partners and its direct-to-consumer platform with more than 450 owned retail stores worldwide. Given this amazing platform to connect with consumers, we're constantly looking for better and more creative ways to amplify the brand's in-store presence. And equally strong is the Vans' extraordinary e-commerce and social media presence, inclusive of its digital video platform, OffTheWall.tv. Through its various online channels, Vans has access to over 14 million brand loyalists at any given time.
At Vans, providing consumer-focused product is essential and among perhaps one of the staunchest critics there is - the world's youth - the continued relevance and authenticity of Vans' product, whether performance-based or fashion-forward, must be in the right balance at all times. From weatherizing the head-to-toe collections to enhancing the durability of the performance based footwear, Vans is elevating the level of quality and technology and enabling active consumers everywhere to enjoy Vans through all four seasons.
We also believe it's important to deliver more than just great products. Vans supports the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression by promoting the sports, music, art and culture that matter most. The Vans team includes many top names in action sports including skateboarding legends Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi, skate pros Geoff Rowley, Anthony Van Engelen, Gilbert Crockett and Tony Trujillo, BMX riders Dakota Roche and Scotty Cranmer, surfers Dane Reynolds, Nathan Fletcher, Joel Tudor and Leila Hurst and snowboarders Louri Podladtchikov, Andreas Wiig, and Hana Beaman.
Vans owns and sponsors world-class events in skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and BMX including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Pool Party, the Van Doren Invitational and surfing’s most prestigious contest the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Vans supports original and creative music acts ranging from Band of Horses to Public Enemy to Turbonegro by bringing memorable shows to global audiences at the House of Vans roving music venue that echoes Vans’ Brooklyn-based cultural hub and to more than half a million fans each summer at the Vans Warped Tour, America’s longest-running music tour.more »
If you think shopping at Publix is a pleasure, try working here! There is a reason we're considered a Great Place to Work Legend and have been named to Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for List for 20 consecutive years.
It's very satisfying to work for – and to be an owner in – a company that is passionately devoted to customers, to associates, to the environment, and to the communities we serve. It's equally rewarding to be part of a company widely recognized as a leader in the supermarket industry. We maintain that reputation by hiring people who have their own passion for excellence.
Every Publix Super Market is a multi-million dollar enterprise that offers rewarding career paths and exciting earnings potential. Each of our more than 1,100 stores is staffed with an average of 145 associates, providing extensive employment opportunities.
Nearly 15,000 support associates work behind the scenes to support our stores, in our distribution centers, and our manufacturing plants and at our corporate headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, and in the five states in which we operate.more »
Headquartered in 105 W. Superior St.
Duluth MN, United States 55802
1,001 to 5,000 employees
Maurices outfits the young women of small-town America. The chain sells dress, work, and casual apparel for 17- to 34-year-olds at more than 830 specialty retail and outlet stores in 44 US states, Canda, and online. It sells clothing under the maurices and Studio Y brands, as well as perfume, hats, gloves, and other accessories. The company focuses on small markets with populations of 25,000 to 100,000 people, which offer fewer shopping options than larger cities. Most of its stores are situated around major discount retailers and department stores. Founded in 1931 by Maurice Labovitz as a single shop in Duluth, Minnesota, the company is owned by apparel retailer Ascena Retail (formerly Dress Barn).
Maurices, whose fiscal 2012 (ends July) sales increased nearly 10% vs. the prior year, contributes about a quarter of its parent company Ascena Retail's total sales. Same-store sales at Maurices stores increased 2% in fiscal 2012 vs. 2011, a marked slowdown from the previous annual comparison where they increased by 10%. Maurices added nearly 50 new locations in fiscal 2012, including six stores in Canada, its first locations north of the border.more »
Our employees, who we call partners, are at the heart of the Starbucks Experience. We believe in treating our partners with respect and dignity. Starbucks is committed to doing business responsibly and conducting ourselves in ways that earn the trust and respect of our customers, partners and neighbors.
Our story began in 1971. Back then we were a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices with a single store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Today, we are privileged to connect with millions of customers every day with exceptional products in nearly 18,000 retail stores in 62 countries. Our brands include Teavana, Tazo, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh and La Boulange.
Starbucks is an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.more »
Headquartered in 901 S. Central Expressway
Richardson TX, United States 75080
Consumer Goods and Services
Fossil digs the watch business while unearthing a place in the accessories and apparel niches. A leading mid-priced watchmaker in the US, it generates most of its sales from watches. Brands include its Fossil and Relic watches, as well as licensed names Armani, Michael Kors, adidas, Burberry, and Marc Jacobs, and private-label watches for Target and Wal-Mart. Fossil also distributes fashion accessories, such as leather goods, sunglasses, and apparel. The company peddles its products through department stores and specialty shops in more than 120 countries through some 400 mostly US and company-owned stores, as well as through its own catalog and website. Products are also sold on cruise ships and in airports.
With the economy improving and consumers once again opening their wallets, Fossil has benefitted. The company's total sales rose more than 17% in 2011 vs. 2010 following a noteworthy 31% sales increase vs. 2009. Both wholesale and direct-to-consumer sales have grown by double digits for two straight years and net income has jumped 15% in 2011 on the heels of an 83% rise in 2010 vs. 2009. These results are a strong rebound from past annual comparisons, when sales dipped about 2% in 2009 vs. the previous year. Fossil attributes the gains to the stronger global economy, upward trend in fashion watches, and its keen focus on design. A handful of licensed brands (including Michael Kors), as well as Fossil and Michele, have been strong contributors to sales growth. Direct sales gains were driven by increasing same-store sales, new store openings, and online sales increases in the US and Germany. In 2011, the company added 51 stores and shuttered 17 for a net new store boost of 34.
Fossil has been expanding its store base in recent years. In 2012, Fossil is planning to add up to 75 new stores while closing another 20 worldwide. It's focusing its efforts outside the US to sell its full-price accessories. Building on the Fossil brand name, the company also markets wallets, handbags, and belts. The company's wholesale business represented about three-quarters of its 2011 revenue, while its direct-to-consumer segment generated the rest.
Fossil has inked several deals that have given the company traction for long-term growth. The accessories maker kicked off 2012 expanding its brands portfolio and strengthening its foothold abroad. Fossil purchased Skagen Designs, a Nevada-based manufacturer and distributor of sleek Danish-style watches, jewelry, sunglasses, and clocks. The nearly $232 million cash-and-stock deal brings with it Skagen's international and regional offices in Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany, the UK, and Canada. Fossil also has a licensing agreement with Diesel through 2015 and holds the exclusive rights to manufacture, market, and distribute a Diesel jewelry collection. A move that has placed Fossil at a noteworthy advantage is its deal with retailing behemoth Wal-Mart to design, make, and distribute watches for the retailer's private-label brand George. The company's mass market watch business increased about 40% soon thereafter, more or less attributable to this partnership.
Like rivals Swatch and Guess?, Fossil has typically targeted those in their teens, 20s, and 30s, i.e., those hip to the latest trends. But Fossil's target audience has broadened to include those who will drop some big green for some bling. While the majority of Fossil's products are priced from $50 to $600, the company entered the luxury products niche when it acquired Tempus International, which does business as Michele Watches, for about $50 million. (Some Michele watches sell for thousands of dollars.) The subsidiary launched Michele Jewelry, a collection of 18-karat gold pieces that are sold at Neiman Marcus stores nationwide. Fossil also sells a vintage-inspired summer clothing collection -- called Vintage Expedition -- in stores in Germany and the UK. The 2010 launch was the first time Fossil made a full collection of its apparel available outside the US.
Fossil distributes its products worldwide with help from more than 25 company-owned foreign subsidiaries and through 60-plus independent distributors. Its reach has grown to extend to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Central and South America, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Middle East.
Fossil's chairman and CEO Kosta Kartsotis, who hasn't given himself a paycheck since 2008, and his brother Tom together controlled about 15% of the company until 2011, when Tom sold off a portion of his stake and stepped down as company director. Kosta Kartsotis now owns a more than 10% stake alongside investment firm FMR LLC with 15% of Fossil's shares and T. Rowe Price Associates with another 10%.more »
Guided by our company values, Wawa employees come to work each day with a passion to serve others, our customers and communities. Wawa is a privately held company and over 40% of the organization is owned by its employees through the Employee Stock Option Program, which is one of Wawa’s many benefits. Wawa is dedicated to the development of its associates and provides developed and consistent advancement opportunities complimented by competitive compensation. We have a network of company-supported resource groups focusing on veterans, women, LGBTQ, young professionals and diverse cultures. Through the Wawa Foundation, we contribute and build partnerships with both local communities and national partners by committing 50 million dollars in a five year period to health, hunger and everyday heroes.
Other benefits available to our employees are: · 401(k) with company match · Paid time off · Full health insurance · Wellness program(s)
Voted as “America’s Favorite Convenience Store,” Wawa operates more than 725 stores in PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA and FL. Known for our “cult-like” following, we are loved by millions for our built-to-order hoagies, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages. Each of our stores employ an average of 40 individuals, with flexible hours and varied leadership opportunities. Our corporate offices, headquartered in Media, PA, offers varied opportunities in the areas of concentration such as but not limited to People, Finance, Technology, Marketing/PR, Real Estate, Environmental, Food Retail, Manufacturing and Supply Chain & Logistics . We also have manufacturing opportunities in our Wawa Beverage Company located in Media, PA
We opened our first store in 1964, but our roots go back to an iron foundry, which began in 1804 by the Wood family; with food operations beginning in 1902 when George Wood started Wawa dairy in Media, PA. "Wawa" is a Native American word for the Canadian Goose that was found in the Delaware Valley over 100 years ago. Our original Dairy farm was built on land located in a rural section of Pennsylvania called Wawa. That's why we use the goose as Wawa's corporate logomore »