Russ's Market is a Nebraska-based grocery chain that operates stores in the communities of Lincoln and Hastings. Russ’s Market is owned by B&R Stores, Inc., a Nebraska corporation. Russ Raybould and Clayton Burnett, two former Safeway employees, founded the company in May, 1964 when they acquired a small neighborhood grocery store together at 17th and Washington Streets in south Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Raybould eventually purchased the interest of Mr. Burnett and today B&R Stores, Inc. is employee-owned, with its home office in Lincoln.
Under Raybould’s direction, B&R Stores, Inc. grew significantly. Expansion occurred both through acquisitions and development of new stores. Growth began in 1979 with the opening of a new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) Russ’s Market at 66th and O Streets in Lincoln. Two years later the company acquired an existing store in southeast Lincoln at 27th Street and Highway 2.
The company expanded into Hastings, Nebraska, by acquiring a store in 1984. In 1995, three Food-4-Less stores in Lincoln were acquired, becoming the company’s fifth, sixth, and seventh Russ’s Market stores. In 2001, B&R Stores, Inc. built a new Russ’s Market at Coddington and West A Streets in Lincoln.