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ShopRite Supermarkets is a cooperative of supermarkets with six states: Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.

ShopRite includes 50 affiliates, owned and run independently, having more than 300 stores. All of those are controlled by its subsidiary, Wakeferm Food Corporation. The headquarters of the cooperative is located in Keasbey, New Jersey. Wakefern is its biggest affiliate, which possesses and manages 28 shops. Some members of Wakefern have only one of ShopRite stores, while others have several (six is the average number).

For around 70 years, ShopRite preserved its place as the most prominent food retailer in New Jersey and was the number 1 distributor in the whole metropolitan area of New York. ShopRite has also been the biggest grocery retailer in Greater Philadelphia since 2011, driving Acme markets, which were the most popular for a long time, into second and third place in 2013. In 2011, Wakefren got 17th place among all retail operators in the United States, based on sales.

ShopRite was founded in 1946, with a sales representative from Del Monte Foods having a conversation with independent grocery retailers from New Jersey. They were facing difficulties with the levels of wholesale prices. The representative of Del Monte gave them an offer to try a cooperative purchase. Seven of them decided to do that, and they paid $1,000 each and launched Wakefern Foods, which was incorporated at the end of 1946.

The ShopRite name came to existence later in 1951. ShopRite reduced prices by 10 percent in 1958 as a solution for preserving trading stamps. The strategy was efficient: it attracted buyers and helped to establish other shops. By 1961, there were 70 representatives of Wakefern and its annual sales reached $100 million.

For now, ShopRite is present in the area from Maryland (Washington metropolitan area) to Hartford, Connecticut, also getting Capital District of New York. The chain is widely represented in New York City and Pensylvania, but the New Jersey, from which it originated, remains most ShopRite shops' location. By acquiring 11 former Shaw's stores, ShopRite expanded its presence in Connecticut in 2010.

During 2011–2013, after 23 years of absence on the market, ShopRite was back in New York. New shops were launched in Niskayuna, Albany, Slingerlands, Colonie and North Greenbush. At Albany and Colonie sites, ShopRite now has gas stations.

Plans considering more retail locations were not revealed by the end of 2010. ShopRite remained the only syndicated store in the region in 2013. It's rival company A&P became bankrupt on 20 July 2015, announcing intentions to close all its shops or sell them off. Using the opportunity, ShopRite bought thirteen stores during the bankruptcy auction, several of which had belonged to the company before Supermarkets General left the original cooperative to join A&P.

Typical Hours of Operation

Mo 6:00 - 22:00
Tu 6:00 - 22:00
We 6:00 - 22:00
Th 6:00 - 22:00
Fr 6:00 - 22:00
Sa 6:00 - 22:00
Su 6:00 - 22:00

Locations: 348 locations in 30 states and 278 cities.

Categories

  • Gas Stations
  • Grocery Stores
  • Supermarket

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