Boise Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1925-2015

Boise is the hometown of Albertsons, and Albertsons is now the undisputed market leader, but it has also hosted a number of regional competitors over the years, including Buttrey (whose Boise stores Albertsons acquired in 1987), Smith’s Food King (mid-1970s through 1989), and Safeway (from its pre-1928 time as Skaggs United to the early 1980s).

This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Boise between 1925 and 2015, compiled from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. It is generated through a live Google Spreadsheet so it reflects the latest information I have.

View and download a copy of this location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.


  • Fred Meyer store apparently began operating in the Boise area in the mid-1980s, but may of the early stores did not contain grocery departments and the chain is not listed among “grocers” in the city directories. I hope to add entries for the chain at a later date.

Store tags:

  • Alberstons
  • Buttrey
  • IGA
  • M&W
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Safeway
  • Skaggs
  • Smith’s Food King
  • Waremart/Winco

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