Jewels Food Store is a supermarket chain headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. It includes 182 stores across northern, central, and western Illinois; eastern Iowa; and portions of northwest Indiana. The company is currently wholly owned subsidiaries of Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based SuperValu. In 1899, it was founded by Frank Vernon Skiff in Chicago, Illinois, as a door-to-door coffee delivery service. In 1902, Skiff partnered with Frank P. Ross, renaming the venture the Jewel Tea Company. In 1929, the company built a new office, warehouse, and coffee roasting facility in suburban Barrington, Illinois, creating hundreds of local jobs despite the Great Depression. Today Jewels Food Store employs more than 45,000 associates. Its customer base gives it a 45 percent share of the grocery market in Illinois.
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