H.E. Butt Grocery Corporation is commonly known as H-E-B Grocery Stores. H-E-B Grocery Stores is a privately held supermarket chain with more than 350 stores in Texas and northern Mexico.
Florence Butt founded the company in 1905 when he opened the C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville, Texas.
In 1919 Howard Edward Butt, Florence’s youngest son, took over the store when he returned from World War I. In 1927 he expanded to Del Rio, Texas, before purchasing three more stores in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. His initials became the name of the store.
Charles Butt, the younger son of Howard, became president of the grocery store chain in 1971. He grew the business from $250 in annual sales in 1971 to $13 billion in 2006.
In 2011, H.E. Butt Grocery Stores was #12 on the Forbes list of largest privately held companies.
The company stopped allowing open carry in their Texas locations in 2015. Concealed carry, with a permit, is still allowed.
Today H-E-B has more than 100,000 employees and had over $21 billion in revenue in 2018, along with 240 locations.
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