Pay Less Super Markets

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Pay Less Super Markets, Inc.
Founded1947 (72 years ago) (1947) in Anderson, Indiana
FounderH. J. ‘‘Bud’’ Contos
Number of locations
9 (2018)
Area served
Central Indiana
ProductsBakery, dairy, deli, floral, frozen food, general grocery, hot food, housewares, liquor, meat, pet supplies, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, stationery
ParentThe Kroger Company

Pay Less Super Markets are a chain of nine supermarkets located in the central Indiana towns of Anderson, Lafayette, Muncie and West Lafayette. There were two Pay Less grocery stores in Omaha that only lasted two years before being taken over by Cub Foods. Pay Less is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co.


Location in West Lafayette, Indiana

The company was founded by H. J. Contos in 1947 in Anderson, Indiana.[1] In 1960, a second store was opened in Lafayette, Indiana.[1] Contos died in 1961, and the company was taken over by his son, Larry D. Contos.[1] The company was acquired by The Kroger Company in 1999.[1] Kroger today continues to operate the Pay Less banner under its central division, which includes Owen's Market.

In July 2017, Kroger announced plans to convert two former Marsh Supermarkets in Muncie that it had just purchased from the bankrupt company to the Pay Less brand.[2] The first of the two new stores opened in May 2018.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kroger to merge with Pay Less Super Markets Inc. in Indiana" (Press release). Kroger. December 1, 1999.
  2. ^ Cox, Katie (July 20, 2017). "Kroger to renovate and reopen 7 former Marsh stores, hire hundreds of former Marsh employees". WRTV.
  3. ^ "Pay Less Super Market opens second Muncie location". Ball State Daily. May 23, 2018.

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