Nugget Markets is a family-owned upscale supermarket chain operating within the greater Sacramento metropolitan area. It is headquartered in Woodland, California. As of October 2009, the company operates nine of its flagship Nugget-brand stores, as well as three Food 4 Less franchises. In 1926, Nugget Market opened its first store in Woodland, California by the father-and-son team of William and Mack Stille. Mack Stille ran most of the day-to-day operations and introduced many unconventional policies to the store, such as incorporating meat departments, installing refrigerated produce cases and employing checkout stands equipped with power belts. Their decision to provide employees with wage and benefit packages that were unusually high for the industry gained them notoriety for the time. In the late 1970s, under the leadership of Macks son, Gene, and grandson, Eric, the company began its expansion outside the local Woodland community by opening a Nugget store in neighboring Davis. In 1984, Nugget acquired a pair of Sacramento Alpha Beta grocery stores and converted them into Nuggets, one in the Greenhaven-Pocket neighborhood, the other in Foothill Farms on hillsdale blvd. All Alpha Beta associates were invited to join the company, and many continue to work with Nugget today. In the early 90s, Nugget opened its first Food 4 Less franchise in Vallejo, California.