Inspired by a new shopping concept called “supermarkets,” Dallas friends J.R. Bost and Bob Cullum bought a small local chain and worked their hearts out to compete in a retail industry ruled by giants. They named their store Tom Thumb, fittingly. But despite its small size, J.R. and Bob worked tirelessly to improve the store selection, quality and overall shopping experience for their local customers. And when Dallas boomed, so did Tom Thumb. By leveraging its local advantage, it prospered and had grown to the “supermarket” it is today.

No matter how large Tom Thumb stores grew and despite the world of changes in the grocery business, every Tom Thumb store is, and will always be, proudly local. A small idea made big through innovation and strong connection with the community.