In 1946, in an effort to assist these struggling grocers, a sales representative from Del Monte Foods introduced eight independent grocers from Newark, New Jersey to the concept of cooperative buying. Collectively purchasing products in large quantities at a lower cost allowed these grocers to offer their customers the same goods at an unprecedented, competitive price. Pleased with the results, on December 5, 1946 this cooperative relationship was formalized. Each of the seven grocers invested $1,000 and Wakefern Food Corporation was born.

Today, Wakefern is a cooperative and wholesale provider comprised of 46 members who own and operate retail supermarkets under the ShopRite banner in the New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland markets. In 1995, PriceRite supermarkets, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corporation, extended Wakefern’s trading area to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. PriceRite also has locations in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Wakefern Food Corporation is the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Employing an innovative approach to wholesale business services, Wakefern focuses on helping the independent retailer compete in a big business world. Providing the tools entrepreneurs need to stay a step ahead of the competition, Wakefern’s wholesale client base benefits from the company’s extensive portfolio of services, including innovative technology, private label development, and best-in-class procurement practices. 

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2015 WAA Delivery Locations - 

NJFPUM - First Presbyterian Church Cemetery & United Methodist Church Cemetery Succasunna

NJVGCV - Glenwood Cemetery

NJVSTE - St Thomas Episcopal Church Vernon

NJAVCM - Atlantic View Cemetery Manasquan

NJGDCB - Greenwood Cemetery Point Pleasant

NJMEPC - Methodist Episcopal / Protestant Cemetery

NJHGYB - Historic Osborn Graveyard