Heinen's Fine Foods

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Heinen's Grocery Store
IndustryRetail (Grocery)
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio
Key people
Tom Heinen Co-President
Jeff Heinen Co-President
RevenueUS$100-500 million (2004)
Number of employees
3,500 (2019)
Heinen's two brothers brand.

Heinen's Grocery Store is a family-owned and operated regional supermarket chain in Northeast Ohio and in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.[citation needed][1]


Heinen's was founded in 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio when Joe Heinen opened a small meat market on Kinsman Road (now called Chagrin Boulevard). After running the store for a few years, Joe opened his first supermarket across the street from the original butcher shop in 1933.[2] By 2011, the company, known as Heinen's Fine Foods, was headed by twin brothers, Tom and Jeff Heinen, Joe's twin grandsons.[3]

On August 22, 2012, after two years of market and distribution logistics research, the company opened its first store outside the Greater Cleveland area in The Shops at Flint Creek in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.[4] At that point, the chain served 18 suburban communities in Ohio and Illinois.[4]

On December 21, 2012, news came that the company had entered into a preliminary agreement with the Village of Glenview, Illinois to build a new Heinen's store on the site of a building formerly occupied by a Dominick's supermarket, which had closed six years earlier in 2006.[5] The Glenview location opened May 7, 2014. In early 2014, Heinen's also agreed to terms on new locations in Lake Bluff, Illinois and Bannockburn, Illinois.[6]

In September 2013, it was announced that the company was in the final stages of negotiation with the Geis Companies for a 15-year lease on space in the Ameritrust Tower and Swetland Building at the corner of East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The company was reported to have had a long-standing interest in the downtown area and had come close to a deal for space in a major development on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River just prior to the start of the Great Recession. Company leadership, while acknowledging the risks associated with the deal, was hopeful that the population in the downtown area would continue its recent upward trend and further solidify the new store's customer base.[7] This location, occupying the first two floors of the building and the first floor of the neighboring Swetland Building, opened on February 25, 2015.[8] In 2016, the building was named one of "America's Most Beautiful Supermarkets" by the website "Delish," who said: "The central rotunda is the eye-popping highlight, surrounded by murals depicting the settlement of the Midwest and crowned with a gorgeous colored-glass dome." Heinen's was listed as the second most beautiful supermarket in the country after the Bi-Rite Market in the Mission District of San Francisco.[9]

Heinen's has 23 stores, 19 in Ohio and four in Illinois.[10]


  1. ^ http://www.heinens.com
  2. ^ Heinen's Inc., HEINEN'S INC. - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Cho, Janet (June 25, 2011). "Jeff and Tom Heinen on the passion required to perpetuate their grandfather's legacy: A Talk with the Boss". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland: AdvanceOhio. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Eric Peterson (August 22, 2012). "Heinen's Fine Foods opens in Barrington". dailyherald.com. Paddock Publications, Inc. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Cho, Janet H. (December 21, 2012). "Heinen's Fine Foods may open a second store in affluent suburban Chicago". The Plain Dealer. cleveland.com - Northeast Ohio Media Group LLC. Retrieved December 25, 2012. ...after Dominick's moved out in 2006, the village bought the property and started searching for a tenant...
  6. ^ Cho, Janet H. (February 21, 2014). "Heinen's opening two more Chicago area stores in Bannockburn and Lake Bluff and hiring 300". The Plain Dealer. cleveland.com - Northeast Ohio Media Group LLC.
  7. ^ McFee, Michelle Jarboe (September 13, 2013). "Heinen's plans downtown Cleveland grocery store, staking out corner of former Ameritrust complex". The Plain Dealer. cleveland.com - Northeast Ohio Media Group LLC. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Cho, Janet H. (February 25, 2015). "Heinen's shoppers give first impressions of the downtown Cleveland store". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  9. ^ Doolin, Hannah (June 17, 2016). "The 10 Most Beautiful Supermarkets In America". Delish.com. Hearst Publications and MSN. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Cho, Janet (January 21, 2016). "Jeff Heinen confirms Chagrin Falls Heinen's Fine Foods store is opening this fall". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland: AdvanceOhio. Retrieved July 11, 2016.

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