Millionaire Grocery Clerks: The Amazing WinCo Foods Story - CLEO Skip to main content


In Corvallis, Oregon, a couple miles north of the Oregon State University campus, sits a WinCo Foods discount supermarket and, unless you’re in need of groceries, you might drive by without noticing it. I assure you, however, it’s an extraordinary building, a laboratory of capitalism worthy of pilgrimages by the world’s great business schools.

It is not the fact that the building itself is not well presented. With an enticing glass storefront similar to the designs you might see completed by the INDUSTRIAL DOOR COMPANY, and familiar signage adorning the walls, the building is immaculately well kept. However, it is the astonishing wealth hidden away in the bank accounts of the occupiers of this building that is something of a well-kept secret.