Welcome to  Houchens Industries, INC.

Houchens Industries, originally founded in 1917 by Ervin Houchens as a food store, today has nearly 16,000 employee owners doing business in almost every state in North America and 30 plus countries throughout the world. From humble beginnings, through today, Houchens Industries has always valued its greatest resource, its employees.

From 1988, when the company was purchased by the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Houchens Industries has experienced unprecedented growth.

Today, Houchens Industries, Inc. is a diversified conglomerate wholly owned by its employee owners. Houchens has businesses in retail grocery and convenience stores, quick-to-service restaurants, insurance, stock brokerage and financial services, franchising of optical stores, construction, fence materials manufacturing and distribution, crushed stone aggregates and asphalt paving, recycling, tanning supply distribution, manufacturing, software and website development, property management and juice concentrate manufacturing and distribution.

With a strong foundation of diverse companies, coupled with each manager’s entrepreneurial spirit, Houchens Industries continues to allow their owner operators the flexibility to make decisions based on their own experiences and market places. Offering support on a diverse platform, when needed, provides the best possible environment for growth, stability and success.









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Listed by Forbes as one of the largest 100% privately held companies in North America and according to the ESOP Association, the largest 100% employee owned company; Houchens Industries’ corporate headquarters is located in Bowling Green, KY.
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