Kroger buys iconic New York specialty grocer
The Kroger Co. has acquired a New York City-based retailer of specialty cheeses and meats.
The supermarket giant has purchased Murray's Cheese, which was founded in 1940. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Kroger also bought the three Greenwich Village retail condominium units that house Murray’s home base. The five-story, 22,000-sq-ft. building, which is also home to a bakery, was owned by Murray’s Cheese.
The two companies entered into a partnership in 2008, opening in-store Murray’s cheese shops in a handful of Kroger stores. Currently, 350 Kroger-operated stores nationwide feature a Murray’s shop.
“For cheese lovers and connoisseurs, it doesn't get more authentic than Murray's," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Our customers are excited to buy the unique offerings of Murray's Cheese right in our stores, and we're excited to ensure this iconic cheese shop will remain a part of the Kroger family for many years to come."
Murray's former owner and president, Rob Kaufelt, will remain affiliated with the business as a strategic adviser.
"When I set out on this journey, my goal was simply to run the best cheese shop in Greenwich Village,” said Kaufelt. “I'm proud that we've been able to maintain the spirit and service of a mom-and-pop neighborhood shop amidst our growth into the national market.”
I have been in the retail business for many years and see the revolving door turning "back to the future" where authenticity is coveted by the customer. Our group has been in business for nearly 67 years under the direction of one family. The "Neighborhood" grocer is wanted by young and old alike--not only for the food but for the "back to the future" experience. The trick is the authenticity of the product AND the people--people who know and love the products they are selling. Murray's is a perfect example. Now it's up to Kroger to make sure that the product is not lost either in the quality and the place in it's larger footprint where the product is presented to the customer. The old "department" from the original Department Stores comes to mind. This is the way our business is once again trending. Good luck Kroger. Contact me should you have questions. Don DeSalvo A General Partner The Cafaro Company [email protected] 206 979 1724
Southampton locals rally behind shopping center
Some 100 locals from tony Southampton, New York, gathered outside Town Hall yesterday to show their support for the building of a grocery-anchored center in the Tuckahoe neighborhood, according to Newsday.
Demonstrators wearing “Yes Tuckahoe Shopping Center” T-shirts argued that the King Kullen supermarket proposed for the project would give them easier access to affordable groceries.
“We’re looking for a better price and a more accessible store,” 70-year-old Tom Ackerson told Newsday, noting that the area’s aging, year-round population needed more nearby retail.
But Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman told the newspaper he feared a worsening of already heavy summertime traffic in the oceanfront playground should the center be erected. “The odds are not in their favor,” he said of the demonstrators.
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Check out Barneys’ new window displays
Just days after it named its first-ever female CEO, Barneys is devoting the window displays at its uptown and downtown Manhattan flagships to an initiative celebrating women’s empowerment.
The windows are part of a new campaign launched by the Barneys New York Foundation, the charitable arm of the luxury specialty retailer. Entitled “We Will Be,” the initiative will run through the end of February to coincide with New York Fashion Week.
In addition to the window displays in New York City, the initiative includes a social campaign, #GirlPossible and in-store displays in Barneys regional flagship nationwide.
The New York windows include video displays with custom content that highlights strong women in society, along with a short film, "I Will Be," which speaks to how all girls have the opportunity grow into future leaders and role models in society. The video will also be featured in regional in-store displays, and through Barneys various editorial and social media channels.
Additional video content will spotlight well known moments in history that spotlight strong women, ranging from athletic pursuits to legendary films, and live concerts to women's rights movements.
For the downtown windows, the Barneys New York Foundation has compiled inspiring quotes from noteworthy female designers along with looks from the corresponding women's collections, including Lisa Perry, Nili Lotan, Maison Mayle, Ambush, Maria Cornejo, Warm, Isabel Marant, Ulla Johnson, and Raquel Allegra.
The "We Will Be" campaign and window displays bring awareness to strong female icons in society, and juxtaposed against the younger students, elicits a powerful message about the opportunities for today's youth to grow into future role models. "We Will Be" will also have an in-store impact area in each of the Barneys New York flagship locations, highlighting key clips from the Madison Avenue window display.
For more information on "We Will Be," please visit the luxury editorial site TheWindow.Barneys.com, and to watch the full videos please visit the Barneys New York YouTube Channel.
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