Niemann Foods, Inc. (NFI) is a company headquartered in Quincy, Illinois that owns and operates over 100 supermarkets, convenience, pet and hardware stores mostly under the County Market, County Market Express, Harvest Market, Haymakers, ACE Hardware, Pet Supplies Plus, Pick-A-Dilly and Save-A-Lot banners in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. The regional grocery store operator is growing and expanding market share in the Central Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. The employee-owned, family-run company was founded in 1917 by brothers Ferd and Steve Niemann and is currently headed by Rich Niemann, Jr. It was 1917 when Ferd Niemann, Sr. and Steve Niemann opened their first grocery store. It took a lot of hard work and progressive thinking, but they succeeded. By 1930, they were operating 10 corner grocery stores and a thriving wholesale business. In 1940 Niemann Foods, Inc. introduced the first full-service supermarket to Quincy, Illinois. It is this same hard work and forward thinking that has guided two more generations through steady growth to become the largest independently owned supermarket chain in central Illinois. Niemann Foods' Save-A-Lot stores offer a limited assortment of groceries at discount prices while County Market stores are conventional grocery stores. NFI opened its first Harvest Market grocery store in Champaign, Illinois in October 2016. This new concept store is not only a grocery store with a deli, bakery and coffee shop, but also features a restaurant, bar and educational cooking area. The "farm to table" store prides itself on connecting customers to the farmers, food makers and the land. The first ValuCheck grocery store opened in Pekin in May 2016 and is a cost-plus format. NFI opened its second ValuCheck store in Champaign in December 2016.