Emil A. Hagstrom (1886-1964) born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Immigrating to he U.S. in 1907
After saving enough money, he purchased a small creamery in Seattle. Hagstrom built the company for a year and subsequently sold it for a large profit. He then purchased and ran a creamery in Everett Washington, but due to economic trends, the business failed.
He moved to Oakland, California in the spring of 1917 and with only $75 he opened a small creamery store Mutual Creamery, which expanded to include groceries.
By 1929, he sold the business which had developed into a chain of 335 stores known as The Mutual Food Stores, for $6,000,000 t o MacMarr Store
In 1932, he launched Hagstrom's Food Stores, Inc. Over the next 11 years, the one store grew to 51, with a total of 600 employees, and the successful enterprise eventually merged with present-day Safeway, Inc.