Our Story

It began in a 12-foot by 20-foot building.

Houchens Industries began in 1917 with the Houchens Food Group when Ervin G. Houchens opened his first grocery store in a rural area of Kentucky. The potential of the small store was recognized as Houchens took the lead in promoting his stores by utilizing the latest innovations and theories in grocery management, and also by purchasing businesses that correlated to the grocery industry.

"The principle of trying to do something for your employees, is the same principle we apply today."

Jimmie Gipson

Chairman/CEO

Nearly a century later and more than 18,000 employees corporate-wide, Houchens Industries is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States. We maintain a widely diverse portfolio of holdings to support company growth and prosperity for our employee owners.

"We are basically looking for companies that are well run, have a good profitable history and have the mindset that they want to be part of something that is good for everyone."

Jimmie Gipson

Chairman/CEO