"Jewel was founded by Frank Vernon Skiff in 1899 as a door-to-door delivery service for coffee. In 1902 it took the name Jewel Tea Company when Skiff partnered with Frank P. Ross. Jewel, after its 1961 acquisition of Osco, built and operated many side-by-side stores during the 1960s and '70s, but most construction after 1983 consolidated Jewel and Osco stores together as one large store under one roof. Today, Jewel-Osco has approximately 200 stores in the Chicago metropolitan area".
Submitted by MG