Guckenheimer Beginnings

Where smart meets delicious is in Guckenheimer’s DNA. We were founded in 1963 by Stewart Ritchie, a Stanford medical student who sold artisan sandwiches at the Stanford Medical School courtyard. His Stanford girlfriend (later wife) Jeanie helped him with his business in between her nursing school studies. In 1967, the operation expanded to its first corporate dining location at Hewlett-Packard, with Jeanie taking the lead as general manager.

Our Evolution

The Ritchies revolutionized the world of corporate dining by offering delicious, handcrafted food as a friendly service partner. Their legacy lives on in today’s top-performing companies that use innovative food service as part of their talent retention and engagement strategy. Today, we partner with many of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” to manage over 400 corporate cafes across the nation.

As we continue to grow, there are a few core values which will never change—our dedication to great tasting food, family-oriented customer service, and focus on eating smart for peak performance and well-being.

In April 2017, Guckenheimer became part of ISS World Wide. ISS is a global facility services company with a focus on excellence and innovation.

History - Guckenheimer Corporate Dining Story

The Guckenheimer Timeline

1963

A Big Idea

1963

In order to finance his medical school tuition, Dr. Stewart Ritchie, a second year medical student at Stanford University, opens a small sandwich cart offering sandwiches at an economical price in the university courtyard. His girlfriend (now wife) Jeanie helped him with his business in between her nursing school studies.

1964

What's In a Name?

1964

Stewart partners with a local German bakery to craft homemade strudel and Bavarian breads for his sandwiches. This partnership inspired the Ritchies to name their flourishing sandwich stand business “Guckenheimer.”

1969

The Company

1969

As the sandwich stand flourished, the Ritchies knew they had something special. They incorporated the company Guckenheimer Enterprises, Inc in Redwood City, CA.

1973

Changing Corporate Dining in Silicon Valley

1973

The company grows fast and is operating in over 25 locations throughout the Bay Area. Clients include Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed in Mountain View and Kaiser Hospital in Oakland.

1981

Expanding

1981

Guckenheimer opens its first restaurant outside California in Plano, TX.

1990

Opening in 5 States

1990

Guckenheimer is operating in over 190 locations in five states.

1998

Growing Fast

1998

Guckenheimer expands operations to 265 locations in 19 states.

2009

Across the USA

2009

Guckenheimer is operating in over 31 states with around 2,750 employees.

2010

End Of An Era

2010

Founder Dr. Stewart Ritchie passes away on May 27, 2010. His wife Jeanie takes over as Chief Executive Officer.

2012

New Beginnings

2012

Randall Boyd joins Guckenheimer as Chief Executive Officer. Jeanie Ritchie continues to serve as Executive Chairman of the Board.

2015

Top Training 125 Company

2015

Guckenheimer is recognized by Training Magazine as a Training 125 Company (2015 and 2016).

2017

Looking Forward

2017

In April 2017, Guckenheimer became part of ISS World Wide. ISS is a global facility services company with a focus on excellence and innovation.