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Encyclopedia > Farmer Jack
Farmer Jack Food Market
Type Defunct Subsidiary of A&P
Founded 1924
(stores closed in 2007)
Headquarters Detroit, Michigan
Industry Retailer
Products Bakery, liquor, dairy, delicatessen, frozen foods, produce, meat & poultry, general merchandise, pharmacy (selected locations), seafood, banking (selected locations)
Website http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://farmerjack.com
Farmer Jack store in a Detroit Suburb.
Farmer Jack store in a Detroit Suburb.


Farmer Jack was a 67-store supermarket chain in southeastern Michigan. The Detroit-based company was owned by A&P (The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company), a New Jersey-based chain of 407 stores under the banners A&P, Waldbaum's, The Food Emporium, A&P Super Foodmart, Super Fresh, Sav-A-Center, and Food Basics. The last slogan that was used with the now defunct store stated "We're Thinking Fresh". However, this did not help improve sales. In business, a subsidiary is a company controlled by another company or corporation. ... For the short story by John Updike, see A&P (story). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) Area  - City  143. ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 175 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 175 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Exterior of a typical British supermarket (a Tesco Extra) Exterior of typical North American supermarket (a Safeway) This Flagship Randalls store in Houston, Texas is an example of an upscale supermarket. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, is a United States and Canada. ... For the short story by John Updike, see A&P (story). ... The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, is a United States and Canada. ... Waldbaums logo Waldbaums is a supermarket chain in New York, especially dominant on Long Island. ... Chain of upscale grocery stores originally part of Shopwell Inc. ... Super Fresh is a chain of supermarkets operated by A&P. They are mostly located in the Baltimore, Maryland, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, areas (including parts of Delaware and New Jersey) and in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Several Super Fresh-branded A&P stores operated in the Baton... Sav-A-Center is an A&P-owned chain of 22 supermarkets in the greater New Orleans, Louisiana metropolitan-area. ... Food Basics is a no-frills supermarket chain originally created by A&P Canada, to compete with the successful warehouse style supermarket originally launched by Loblaws. ...


Farmer Jack stores were typically in suburban areas and usually part of a strip mall. Some of the stores also existed as stand-alone stores. Each store offered standard grocery items, produce, meats, pharmacy and many larger stores also had a bank.

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History

The company dated to 1924, when Jewish Russian immigrant Tom Borman opened a neighborhood grocery store, Tom's Quality Meats, at 12th and Forest in Detroit. In 1927, his brother Abraham "Al" Borman started his own store on Kercheval on the city's east side. The brothers eventually formed a partnership. The brothers split up in 1945, with Tom developing Lucky Stores and Al developing Food Fair markets. In 1955, the two operations merge into Food Fair, operating under the corporate entity Borman Food Stores Inc. Four years later, the renamed Borman's Inc., sold more than 400,000 shares of stock, with the Bormans retaining control. Proceeds from the stock sale fueled a buying binge: Borman's bought State Super Markets of Ferndale American Stores Inc., acquired nine Lipson-Gourwitz Co. markets in Detroit and planned an expansion to 46 stores. Ferndale is a city located in Oakland County, Michigan along I-696. ...


In 1966, Borman announced the opening of three suburban shopping centers that would contain gas stations, car washes, garden supply stores, Yankee discount stores and food stores -- operating under the new moniker of "Farmer Jack."


By 1972, Detroit became a major zone of grocery store competition, with about six major grocery chains competing in the region, including Chatham's and Great Scott! In a speech, Paul Borman claimed A&P's move to discount-type stores had nearly destroyed the supermarket industry. Great Scott may refer to: Great Scott!, an exclamation of surprise or amazement which was commonly found in superhero comic books and often said by Superman; it is also known as a line from the character Doc Brown of the Back to the Future film trilogy. ... The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, is a United States and Canada. ...


By 1987, the company was struggling to keep Detroit area stores operating amid a strike by clerks and cashiers, who were supported by meat cutters and Teamsters. Borman's eventually bought out 800 workers at a cost of $12.9 million. This started a period of losses that would eventually prompt the sale to A&P. During a decade of merger-mania in the supermarket business, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. (A&P) paid $76 million for 79 Farmer Jack stores operated by Borman's. The buyout placed A&P in the number one slot among grocery stores in the Detroit area, with control of 36% of the market. By 1994, nearly all A&P stores in Metro Detroit had been converted to Farmer Jack stores. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), formerly known by the name International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, is one of the largest labor unions in the United States. ... For the short story by John Updike, see A&P (story). ... A simulated-color satellite image of Metro Detroit, with Windsor across the river, taken on NASAs Landsat 7 satellite. ...


Restructuring

Through the 1990s, Farmer Jack began to lose its dominance in the Detroit market, partially because of competition from new-comers Meijer and Kroger (and in later years, Wal-Mart, which offered a larger variety of services). In 2002, the chain reorganized, closed four stores and cut headquarters staff. About thirty 24-hour stores trimmed hours. In 2005, the chain was officially up for sale, and the initial plan was to sell the chain to Spartan Stores, while still keeping labor contracts with the United Food and Commercial Workers intact.[1] However, Spartan backed out of the deal and, combined with a ten percent wage concession from its unionized workers, the decision was made not to sell the chain. [2] For the unrelated chain of hypermarkets that is owned by Kroger, see Fred Meyer. ... Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Spartan Stores Inc. ... The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is a labor union representing approximately 1. ...


Liquidation

In April 2007 A&P announced its decision to sell Farmer Jack.[3] A&P cited poor performance as well as a desire to focus on its core Northeast Division.[4] All 66 store locations were put out to bid, with 19 units receiving no offers during the initial phase.[5]

A Farmer Jack store with a liquidation sign displayed.

In June 2007, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co (A&P), the parent company of Farmer Jack, announced that all remaining Farmer Jack stores were slated to be sold or closed by July 7, 2007.[6] All Farmer Jack stores in Michigan were shut down on this day. Twenty of the defunct locations were bought by Farmer Jack's biggest competitor in Michigan, Kroger, and converted over within one week of closing. The remaining number of stores were sold to independent grocers or are still on the market for sale.[7] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


Community

Farmer Jack was perhaps best known for its slogan and jingle, which often was heard on WJR and WOMC: "It's always Savings Time at Farmer Jack." Their inaugural slogan, in rolling out the Farmer Jack concept, was "Bushel and case prices, no matter how little or how much you buy." In May 2006, the company announced it was reintroducing the slogan with a refreshed advertising campaign.[8] WJR is a radio station in Detroit, Michigan, United States. ... WOMC is an FM radio station broadcasting on 104. ...


Farmer Jack was one of the few grocery store chains operating in the city of Detroit. It opened a 60,000 square-foot store in Highland Park on the site of Henry Ford's first assembly plant. (There was controversy in 2004 when Farmer Jack closed another location in Highland Park [9]). In 2003, a 64,000-square-foot store opened at the corner of Jefferson and St. Jean, becoming the largest Farmer Jack store in Michigan. It closed in 2007. Highland Park is a city located in Wayne County, Michigan. ... Henry Ford (1919) Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production. ...


Links

  • A&P
  • Detroit News article on Farmer Jack.

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