“Being the fifth generation now running Young’s Market Company, I certainly feel the full weight of our history. But from our past, I’ve learned how much we have overcome…”

– Chris Underwood

1888

Young’s Market Company founded when John G. Young, eldest of the five Young brothers, opens his first retail store at 171 W. Jefferson Street in downtown Los Angeles.

1906

Young’s Market Company is incorporated by the Young’s brothers; John, Peter, William, George, and Charles.

1910

Young’s opens its first food manufacturing facility.

1925

The famed Young’s Market Company headquarters at Seventh and Union Street in Los Angeles is opened and soon becomes a city landmark for the elegant shopper.

1927

Young’s begins to build its chain of “neighborhood” retail markets, which grows to more than sixty locations in the next ten years. They reach as far south as San Diego and as far north as Santa Maria, and the various mountain resorts.

1933

Federal Prohibition ends and Young’s begins strongly marketing wine and spirits, while remaining a major purveyor of food.

1940

Young’s Market Company acquires Dr. Pepper franchise and builds a bottling plant at 60th and Avalon Boulevard.

Young’s management decides to discontinue all retail operations and become full-time wholesalers of wine, spirits and food. As quickly as possible, the Young’s Market Company neighborhood markets are sold. By May 1940, the headquarters store closes its door to the retail trade.

1958

Young’s moves its headquarters to the newly constructed location at Central Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

1963

Vernon O. Underwood, Sr. is named President of Young’s Market Company upon the death of William G. Young.

1964

Young’s establishes its first subsidiary wholesale wine operation; The William George Co.

1967

Young’s acquires two established wholesale firms in Hawaii, Better Brands Ltd. and Cereal & Fruit Products, creating Young’s Market Company of Hawaii.

1975

Vernon O. Underwood, Jr. is elected President of Young’s Market Company as Vernon O. Underwood, Sr. becomes Chairman of the Board.

1985

Young’s acquires Rathjen Wines & Spirits, a wholesale distributor in Union City and Santa Rosa, California.

1987

Young’s acquires Berberian Brothers Inc., a wine and spirits wholesale distributor in the Central Valley and Northern California.

1988

Young’s Market Company celebrates its 100th year anniversary. A company rich in tradition, built on four cornerstones: integrity, quality, safety, and teamwork.

1990

The Underwood family buys out shareholders, becoming the sole owners of Young’s Market Company. Janet Smith and George Smith are elected to the Board of Directors.

 Vernon O. Underwood, Sr. passes away. Vernon O. Underwood, Jr. is elected Chairman of the Board and CEO. Vernon O. Underwood, Jr. discontinues the meat, seafood and gourmet divisions to concentrate on wine and spirits.

1994

Young’s moves its corporate headquarters to a newly constructed facility in the City of Orange, California. The revolutionary warehouse facility can load 74 trucks at once rather than 6, which was industry standard until this point.

1998

Young’s Market Company opens its newly constructed, fully automated, warehouse facility in Morgan Hill, California. The state of the art warehouse and management systems serve all of Northern California.

1999

Young’s moves into the states of Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.

2000

Young’s Market Company establishes The Estates Group to develop its “Fine Wine and Spirits Portfolio”.

2004

Young’s expands into the states of Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

2005

Young’s opens its doors in the state of Arizona.

Young’s acquires the Lovotti Brothers Co., a wholesale distributor in Sacramento, Redding and Lake Tahoe, California.

Young’s acquires Alliance Spirits & Wine LLC., a brokerage company in Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming. Young’s opens its doors in the state of Arizona.

2006

Young’s Market Company opens its newly constructed, fully automated, warehouse facility in Chino, California. The state of the art warehouse and management systems serve all of Southern California.

2007

Chris Underwood becomes President and COO of Young’s Market Company.

2008

Young’s moves into its new corporate facility in Tustin, California. The new location features an exterior and lobby designed to give a salute to the 120 year to-date heritage of the company.

2011

Chris Underwood becomes CEO of Young’s Market Company, LLC.

In Arizona, Young’s and RNDC create joint venture establishing Young’s Market Company of Arizona.

2012

Voters pass Initiative 1183 privatizing liquor sales in Washington.

2013

Young’s Market Company reaches its 125th anniversary. A company rich in tradition, built on four core values: family, integrity, quality, and an entrepreneurial spirit.