Boise is a place where family-owned businesses have deep roots. Companies like Simplot and Albertsons have thrived here because of the founders that believed in building a legacy for their business and their families.
J.R. Simplot started one of the nation’s largest food production companies in the country out of Boise. The height of his success came from innovations around potatoes, french-fries and feeding the troops. Today, four of J.R.’s family members still serve on the executive committee for the Board of Directors of the J.R. Simplot Company, and the Foundation has invested heavily in the community.
Joe Albertson opened his first store in 1939, and now Albertsons is one of the largest supermarket brands in the country. Even with impressive growth, Albertsons roots and family values are still a part of the company today. In 2016, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation celebrate 50 years of giving back to the community with more than $650 million benefiting Idaho children and families.