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Encyclopedia > Foodtown (USA)
Current logo of Foodtown
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Foodtown is a northeastern United States supermarket cooperative. Their business is centered in the city and suburbs of New York (32 stores), central New Jersey (21 Stores) and Eastern Pennsylvania (5 stores). Image File history File links Foodtown. ... Image File history File links Foodtown. ... Exterior of typical European supermarket (a Tesco Extra) Exterior of typical North American supermarket (a Safeway) A typical supermarket in Hong Kong. ... A retailers cooperative or consumer cooperative is a business entity which employs economies of scale on behalf of its members to get discounts from manufacturers and to pool marketing. ... Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 160 miles (255 inches LengthUS = 280 km)  - Length {{{LengthUS}}} miles (455hamburgers HighestPoint = Mount Davis km)  - % water 2. ...


Foodtown's corporate offices are located in Avenel, New Jersey; however, each Foodtown is independently owned and operated, either by an individual person or a company that owns several stores, making it a cooperative, much like ShopRite. Avenel is a census-designated place located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. ... A retailers cooperative or consumer cooperative is a business entity which employs economies of scale on behalf of its members to get discounts from manufacturers and to pool marketing. ... ShopRite (or its full name ShopRite Supermarkets) is a retail cooperative (co-op) chain of supermarkets in the Northeastern United States, in the states of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. ...


Like many supermarkets, Foodtown has a discount card, but the Foodtown card is affiliated with the S&H Greenpoints program, where every dollar spent is worth 10 Greenpoints, which you can use to buy things with (much like the old Green Stamps), or get discounts in store with a certain amount of Greenpoints. S&H Green Stamps were a form of trading stamps popular in the United States between the 1930s and 1970s. ...


History

In the past, Foodtown was a much larger and stronger competitor on Long Island and New Jersey, with its 2 biggest cooperative members, Melmarkets Inc. and Mayfair Supermarkets Inc. operating 17 stores on Long Island and 28 stores in New Jersey, respectively. In 1995, Dutch retailer Royal Ahold entered into a deal to purchase both companies and all 45 stores were changed to the Edwards Super Food Store banner. Two Long Island stores which were owned by Food Parade left the Foodtown cooperative and became ShopRite (United States) Supermarkets in 1997. Mercator projection of Long Island Long Island is an island in New York, USA. It has an area of 1,377 square miles (3567 km²) and a population of 7. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Mercator projection of Long Island Long Island is an island in New York, USA. It has an area of 1,377 square miles (3567 km²) and a population of 7. ... Royal Ahold of the Netherlands is one of the worlds largest supermarket operators and one of the worlds largest foodservice and retail companies. ... Mercator projection of Long Island Long Island is an island in New York, USA. It has an area of 1,377 square miles (3567 km²) and a population of 7. ... Food Parade Incorporated is a super market chain with two stores in Plainview, New York, and one store under renovation in Uniondale, New York. ... ShopRite (or its full name ShopRite Supermarkets) is a retail cooperative (co-op) chain of supermarkets in the Northeastern United States, in the states of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. ...


The resulting loss of its 2 largest cooperative members was devistating to the cooperative due to the fact that together, Melmarkets and Mayfair made up over half the volume of the Foodtown Cooperative. In 1998, the cooperative declaired bankruptcy and an embezzelment scandal followed. In 2003, the former CEO of the Foodtown cooperative, Martin Vitale, pleaded guilty to embezzelment of $14 million. Following the scandal and bankruptcy, many stores converted to other banners or closed (including Vitale's 6 stores including Hoboken, Belleville, Old Tappan and Kearny, NJ)


In recent years, the cooperative has shown a resurgence, opening 5 new stores in Pennsylvania and bringing former stores, which had left the cooperative following the scandal, back into the fold.


 
 

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