Dillons 100 Year Anniversary

We are celebrating our centennial year in 2021! This year will provide a chance to recognize the principles and people that h ave made the past 100 years (and counting) such a success.

Our Story

J.S. Dillon founded his first grocery store looking for a better way of providing food for his own family of twelve. With this mind set, he treated his customers the same...giving them the best product for the best price. Today, his vision has grown, developed and evolved, but the concept of unwavering passion for serving others has never changed at Dillons.

Dillons Throughout the Years

Dillons First Store

1921: The first store opened under the name J.S. Dillon & Sons.

Dillons Store 20

1934: Grand opening of Store #20 in Great Bend, Kansas.

1930’s Delivery Truck

1930’s Delivery Truck

Dillons First Store

1921: The first store opened under the name J.S. Dillon & Sons.

Dillons Store 20

1934: Grand opening of Store #20 in Great Bend, Kansas.

1930’s Delivery Truck

1930’s Delivery Truck

Dillons Salina Kansas

1947: Grand Opening of the first store in Salina, Kansas.

Kiddies Nook at Dillons

1950's: Kiddies Nook entertained children while parents shopped.

Atlas Rocket at Dillons Opening

1960: Grand opening of Store #41 in Salina, Kansas.

Dillons Salina Kansas

1947: Grand Opening of the first store in Salina, Kansas.

Kiddies Nook at Dillons

1950's: Kiddies Nook entertained children while parents shopped.

Atlas Rocket at Dillons Opening

1960: Grand opening of Store #41 in Salina, Kansas.

Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight

Laverne Havel
Front End Lead Clerk #36
Laverne is the most tenured associate with the Dillon’s Company, with 56 Years of service! Wow!! His peers say he is the most well-known associate in his store. A staple to the McPherson community, his friendly character allows him to build lasting connections with his customers, many of which make it a priority to shop at Dillon’s, just to see him!

Employee Spotlight

Jack Pettay
53 Years of Service
Perishable Receiving Clerk
Jack enjoys sharing his stories about his career to his friends, family, and peers. He is a significant part of the Dillon’s history. He always comes to work with a smile on his face!

Employee Spotlight

Dan Nelson
48 years of service
Store Leader #85
Dan’s years of experiences allow him to be a compassionate leader and mentor to his peers. He has a strong passion for his team and is driven by developing his team. Dan has held various positions in Merchandising, Operations, and Store Leadership throughout his career with Dillon’s.

Employee Spotlight

Laverne Havel
Front End Lead Clerk #36
Laverne is the most tenured associate with the Dillon’s Company, with 56 Years of service! Wow!! His peers say he is the most well-known associate in his store. A staple to the McPherson community, his friendly character allows him to build lasting connections with his customers, many of which make it a priority to shop at Dillon’s, just to see him!

Employee Spotlight

Jack Pettay
53 Years of Service
Perishable Receiving Clerk
Jack enjoys sharing his stories about his career to his friends, family, and peers. He is a significant part of the Dillon’s history. He always comes to work with a smile on his face!

Employee Spotlight

Dan Nelson
48 years of service
Store Leader #85
Dan’s years of experiences allow him to be a compassionate leader and mentor to his peers. He has a strong passion for his team and is driven by developing his team. Dan has held various positions in Merchandising, Operations, and Store Leadership throughout his career with Dillon’s.

Employee Spotlight

Galen Werth
45 Years of Service
Assistant Store Leader #18
Galen is known to take great pride in his work.

Employee Spotlight

Sally Hermann
43 years of service
Store Leader #49
Sally’s peers describe her as having a passion for people and results. She is known to be a strong leader who coaches and develops her team to be the best they can be, someone who listens, is positive, and uplifting!

Employee Spotlight

Debbie Schauf
43 Years of Service
Store Leader #20
Debbie has held multiple positions within Dillon’s. She is mostly known as the division project queen! She is detail oriented and always puts her best effort into any project she participates in. Debbie is known to be cheerful, always smiling, and will brighten anyone’s day!

Employee Spotlight

Galen Werth
45 Years of Service
Assistant Store Leader #18
Galen is known to take great pride in his work.

Employee Spotlight

Sally Hermann
43 years of service
Store Leader #49
Sally’s peers describe her as having a passion for people and results. She is known to be a strong leader who coaches and develops her team to be the best they can be, someone who listens, is positive, and uplifting!

Employee Spotlight

Debbie Schauf
43 Years of Service
Store Leader #20
Debbie has held multiple positions within Dillon’s. She is mostly known as the division project queen! She is detail oriented and always puts her best effort into any project she participates in. Debbie is known to be cheerful, always smiling, and will brighten anyone’s day!

Employee Spotlight

John Strain
43 Years of Service
Store Leader #20
John has led the #1 store in the division for many years and always strives to do his best in everything he does. John’s peers describe him as a great mentor and leader who is highly dedicated to building his team to be successful leaders, like himself.

Employee Spotlight

David Kendrick
43 Years of Service
Produce Leader #92
David is known to be patient and is passionate about his associates and customers. David’s peers describe him as being very dependable and is highly respected.

Employee Spotlight

Steve Navarro
42 years of service
Logistics Industrial Engineer
He started his career with Dillon’s as a part time order selector. Steve’s peers describe him as being a dedicated leader who is driven to improve every day!

Employee Spotlight

John Strain
43 Years of Service
Store Leader #20
John has led the #1 store in the division for many years and always strives to do his best in everything he does. John’s peers describe him as a great mentor and leader who is highly dedicated to building his team to be successful leaders, like himself.

Employee Spotlight

David Kendrick
43 Years of Service
Produce Leader #92
David is known to be patient and is passionate about his associates and customers. David’s peers describe him as being very dependable and is highly respected.

Employee Spotlight

Steve Navarro
42 years of service
Logistics Industrial Engineer
He started his career with Dillon’s as a part time order selector. Steve’s peers describe him as being a dedicated leader who is driven to improve every day!

Employee Spotlight

Mike Watson
41 Years of Service
Maintenance Mechanic Lead for the Distribution Center in Hutchinson, KS
Mike has held many positions within the distribution center throughout the years. He is highly motivated and very knowledgeable about Dillon’s logistics.

Employee Spotlight

Connie Navarro
37 Years of Service
Logistics Inventory Control ASP
Connie has held various roles throughout her career with the Dillon Company. Connie’s peers describe her as being Customer 1st driven and highly dedicated to her Dillon’s team and community.

Employee Spotlight

Edward Vieyra
36 years of service
Perishable Receiving Clerk
Edward has held various positions throughout fresh, frozen, salvage and dry facilities at both the Hutchinson warehouse and Goddard warehouse. Edward’s team describes him as driven, determined, and dependable.

Employee Spotlight

Mike Watson
41 Years of Service
Maintenance Mechanic Lead for the Distribution Center in Hutchinson, KS
Mike has held many positions within the distribution center throughout the years. He is highly motivated and very knowledgeable about Dillon’s logistics.

Employee Spotlight

Connie Navarro
37 Years of Service
Logistics Inventory Control ASP
Connie has held various roles throughout her career with the Dillon Company. Connie’s peers describe her as being Customer 1st driven and highly dedicated to her Dillon’s team and community.

Employee Spotlight

Edward Vieyra
36 years of service
Perishable Receiving Clerk
Edward has held various positions throughout fresh, frozen, salvage and dry facilities at both the Hutchinson warehouse and Goddard warehouse. Edward’s team describes him as driven, determined, and dependable.

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