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Encyclopedia > Star Market
Star Market
Type Subsidiary since 1964
Founded 1916 (Watertown, Massachusetts)
Headquarters formerly Cambridge, Massachusetts
Industry Retail
Products Bakery, dairy, deli, floral, frozen foods, grocery, liquor, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, etc.
Slogan key_people =Jeff Noddle, Chairman and CEO
Mike Jackson, President and COO
John Hooley, Executive Vice President; President, Retail East

Star Market was a New England chain of supermarkets owned by the Mugar family and based in Greater Boston. Shaws, along with sister store, Star Market, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Supervalu. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... The Town of Watertown is a city[1] in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1630 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Kenneth Reeves (D) Area  - City  7. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... The Mugar family of Greater Boston, Massachusetts, is a prominent Armenian-American family in New England business and in philanthropy, both in the United States and in Armenia. ... Greater Boston is the area of the U.S. state of Massachusetts closely surrounding the city of Boston. ...


Humble beginnings

In 1916, Sarkis Mugar, an Armenian immigrant who had arrived in Greater Boston in 1906, paid $800.00 for the Star Market, a small grocery store, at 28 Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown. His son, Stephen P. Mugar, (1901-1984), eventually went to work for him in the store.[1] In 1922, Sarkis Mugar was killed in an automoble accident, leaving his son to take over the Star Market to support his mother, himself, and his sisters. His hard work, determination and concern for his customers enabled the store to prosper. In the early 1930's he hired his young first cousin, John M. Mugar, and encouraged him to further his education at Tufts, where John went on to graduate magna cum laude in 1937 and serve as a Trustee from 1966-1989. The Town of Watertown is a city[1] in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Stephen P. Mugar, 1901-1982, founder of the Star Market chain of supermarkets in New England, philanthropist and most prominent member of the Mugar family of Greater Boston, was born March 5, 1901, in Kharpert, Turkey of Armenian descent and died October 16, 1982, in Boston, Massachusetts. ... John M. Mugar (1914-2007) president and chairman of the Star Market chain of supermarkets in New England and prominent member of the Mugar family of Greater Boston, was born April 5, 1914, in Boston, son of Armenian immigrant, Martin Mugar and his wife. ... Tufts University is a private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ...

Pre-war expansion

The second Star Market was opened in Newtonville in 1932 and the third one was opened in Wellesley in 1937.[2] John Mugar, (1914-2007), joined Stephen in management but had to leave to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Post-war expansion

After the war ended, John Mugar returned to the Star Market management, and with wartime restrictions and shortages over, Stephen and John were ready to expand throughout Greater Boston to meet the increased affluence and consumer demand. The second Star Market in Newtonville opened in 1948 and was the Mugar's first supermarket. It was the proptype of the other modern supermarkets that they opened during this period. Meats and produce were packaged in cellophane wrappers to make them more appealing to consumers. A conveyor belt carried bags of groceries to a central pickup station by the parking lot. Customers tired of no self service at stores such as A&P or self service but little else at First National Stores came from miles around to patronize the new Star Market. Newtonville is a village of Newton, Massachusetts. ... For the short story by John Updike, see A&P (story). ...

John M. Mugar later followed Stephen as President and Chairman of the chain.

After Sale by Mugar Family

1n 1964 the Star Market company was merged into Chicago’s Jewel Tea Company, which chose not only to retain the original name and identity of Star Market, but also John M Mugar as President and later Chairman. John Mugar stayed on as Chairman until 1978. While Jewel owned Star Market it built many combination food-drug stores that it branded as "Star-Osco," with common checkstands but separate management teams. After Jewel was acquired by American Stores in 1984, the Star-Osco stores were re-badged as Star Markets, and placed under a single management team. In 1999 Albertsons acquired American Stores. Jewel is an American supermarket chain that has approximately 200 stores in the Chicago metropolitan area. ... American Stores was the name of a United States chain of supermarkets. ... A typical Albertsons store. ... American Stores was the name of a United States chain of supermarkets. ...

When American Stores sold Star Markets in 1994 to Investcorp, the Osco connection was ended for a time. In 1999, Investcorp sold the Star Markets to Sainsbury's. But when Albertsons bought Sainsbury's American supermarket assets in 2004, including Star Markets, Star Market and Osco were reunited under one corporate umbrella. By 2005, the signs on the front of all of Albertsons-owned grocery stores with in-store pharmacies were changed, adding either "Osco" or "Sav-On" to the store's logos, to emphasize the one-stop shopping available inside. The drug store name chosen reflected which of Albertson's drug chains operated in the specific marketing area. Because New England had previously been an Osco market area, the Shaw's and Star Markets with pharmacies were renamed "Shaw's-Osco" and "Star-Osco." Investcorp is a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products, serving high-net-worth private and institutional clients. ... J Sainsbury plc is the parent company of Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd, commonly known as Sainsburys, a chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. ...

On June 2, 2006, a partnership of Supervalu, CVS Corporation, and several investment firms including Cerberus Capital acquired Albertsons with the intent to divy up the parts. Supervalu received what is generally thought of as the best-performing assets, which included Shaw's and Star Market. Supervalu Inc. ... CVS/pharmacy is a pharmacy and convenience store chain in the United States. ... SuperValu is an Irish supermarket chain owned by the Musgraves wholesaler firm. ...


  1. ^ http://www.arzo.com/arzo2/MIRROR_SPECTATOR%20February%2012,%201999.htm
  2. ^ http://www.ci.watertown.ma.us/DocumentView.asp?DID=643

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