What makes Randall's remarkable is that they won the Cold War.
In 1989 Boris Yeltsin, then a member of the Congress of People's Deputies of the Soviet Union, came to Texas to visit the Johnson Space Center. I'm sure it was impressive but he would have expected that. What he did not expect, could not have imagined, what was what he saw in a Randall's Grocery in suburban Houston. Overwhelming product selection and quantities available to everyone. He did not believe it at first, thought it was staged. When he understood that this was an average store, that stores like this were everywhere, it was a profound moment.
Boris Yeltsin became the Russian President in 1991 and in 1992 began the reforms that finished the dismantling of the Soviet Union that began under Gorbachev. His vision of what Russia needed to become shaped by an American grocery store. The reports say he was especially impressed by the pudding pops.
“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people.” --Boris Yeltsin