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Fresh Grocer joins Wakefern as 50th co-op member

The Fresh Grocer, an eight-store chain owned and operated by Patrick J. Burns, will be joining Wakefern Food Corp. as its 50th cooperative member.

The Fresh Grocer has six stores in Pennsylvania, one in Wilmington, DE, and one in New Brunswick, NJ. Burns brings with him 25 years of experience in the supermarket industry and 17 years serving as the president and chief executive officer of The Fresh Grocer.

“Joining the Wakefern team will be strategically beneficial to our customers, associates and company as a whole,” said Burns. “We are excited for this new opportunity and are looking forward to many years of continued growth and success as a member of the Wakefern family. We are also thankful to our friends at Supervalu, especially the Eastern Region under the direction of Kevin Kemp and his team, for their many years of service as a wholesale partner.”

Upon joining Wakefern, the Fresh Grocer location in Drexel Hill, PA, will transition completely to the ShopRite banner while the seven additional locations will remain Fresh Grocer stores and Wakefern will now own the Fresh Grocer trademark.

“As the 50th member of the Wakefern cooperative, Pat Burns and his team embody the spirit of entrepreneurship that Wakefern was built upon,” said Joseph S. Colalillo, chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. “Like our ShopRite and PriceRite stores, Fresh Grocer shares our passion for customer service, focus on freshness and commitment to giving back to the community. We are delighted to welcome them to the Wakefern family.”

The final transition is projected to be completed by the start of Wakefern’s new fiscal year in October.