Located in residential areas, the 184 convenience stores of United Dairy Farmers offer a little something extra: ice cream, dairy products and dairy-fresh milk. The company has planned growth of about five new stores a year.

United Dairy Farmers began in 1938 when Carl H. Lindner Sr. decided to start a small dairy in Norwood, Ohio. He started by processing milk and other dairy products and selling them at a discount in a retail store. The family's United Dairy Famers' ice cream became a local favorite, and the family opened more stores. By 1950, there were nine stores, and in 1958 a major plant expansion was completed.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the stores were remodeled to add merchandising space for convenience-store products. The company expanded to its present-day 184 stores in three states. The new superstores feature self-service gas islands, expanded ice-cream fountains and sit-down parlors. UDF’s Homemade Brand ice cream also is sold in grocery stores in at least 16 states.

Headquarters:Norwood, Ohio
No. of Stores:184
Average Store Size:2,500-4,000 sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:48
States of Operation: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio