Founded as a single store in 1975 by John Jackson, family-run Jacksons Food Stores Inc. has more than 200 stores in five states, most recently adding and rebranding 13 stores acquired from Danny's Family Cos., based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jacksons is the third-largest privately held corporation in Idaho and includes the chain of stores, as well as Jackson Oil Co. and Capitol Distributing. The range of communities hosting Jacksons Food Stores spans major urban areas, such as Portland, Ore., and Seattle, to rural areas such as Ashton, Idaho.

In addition to its stores, the company delivers fuel to dealers in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. In February 2013, the company purchased Pettit Oil's branded dealer business in the Pacific Northwest, bringing its distributorship to more than 700 locations in eight states. The company's growth strategy is acquisition, but CEO John Jackson says the chain is careful to select stores that fit its geographic footprint. Jacksons Food Stores also owns its grocery distribution.

Headquarters:Meridian, Idaho
No. of Stores:214
Average Store Size:2,500-4,000 sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:45
States of Operation: Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Family Business:Yes