THE HISTORY OF THE FRED W. ALBRECHT GROCERY COMPANY is a story of people and progress. Like that of any successful company, our growth and success are a result of the efforts of dedicated men and women who have worked hard to achieve their goals. To be successful, a company requires energetic effort and leadership by people of vision, people who can make decisions, and are willing to change and innovate.
Frederick Wilhelm Albrecht, the founder of the Company, was such a man. Born April 3, 1861 and raised in Massillon, Ohio, he was the son of a Massillon grocer. Fred W. grew up in Massillon and operated a grocery store there on Main Street until 1891, then, at the age of 30 he sold out and moved to Akron, where he believed there was greater opportunity.
Fred W. bought a small, grocery store in Akron located at Buchtel, Sumner, and Center Streets. This location became Acme No. 1.