The largest supermarket operator in terms of volume with sales below $1 billion in the U.S. is Fareway Stores , Boone, Iowa, with sales estimated at $950 million, according to SN's first-ever compilation of small chains and independents. Fareway, a self-distributing chain, operates 96 stores, mostly in Iowa.
To compile the Top 50 Independents  list, SN consulted wholesalers and other sources, and contacted each company on the list in an effort to verify information. The volumes represent estimated totals for the fiscal year that most closely approximates calendar 2009. Following Fareway on the list is King Kullen Grocery Co. , Bethpage, N.Y., whose 52 stores in the New York metropolitan area account for estimated sales of $940 million. King Kullen is supplied by Bozzuto’s , Cheshire, Conn.
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