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Encyclopedia > Stew Leonard's
Stew Leonard's
Type Private
Founded In 1969 in Norwalk, Connecticut
Headquarters Norwalk, Connecticut
Key people Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO
Industry Grocery store
Products Food
Revenue $293 million USD (2004)
Employees 1,819
Website www.stewleonards.com

Stew Leonard's (Stew's as it is known locally) is a chain of supermarkets in Connecticut and New York that Ripley's Believe It or Not! has deemed "The World's Largest Dairy Store." Founded in 1969 with seven employees in Norwalk, Connecticut, there currently are also stores in Danbury, Connecticut; Yonkers, New York; and Newington, Connecticut. The latter opened on May 5, 2007. There are also plans to open stores in Orange, Connecticut, and in Farmingdale, New York. The Farmingdale store technically exists, but its current zoning permit has only allowed the wine shop portion to be open and the opening of the rest is pending in court. Image File history File links Stewleonards. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1651 Consolidated 1913 Government type Mayor-council Mayor Dick Moccia Area    - City 36. ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1651 Consolidated 1913 Government type Mayor-council Mayor Dick Moccia Area    - City 36. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... This Flagship Randalls store in Houston, Texas is an example of a supermarket. ... Look up revenue in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... 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... 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) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... “NY” redirects here. ... For the TV series, see Ripleys Believe It or Not (TV series). ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1651 Consolidated 1913 Government type Mayor-council Mayor Dick Moccia Area    - City 36. ... Nickname: Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Incorporated (town) 1702 Incorporated (city) 1889 Consolidated 1965 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Mark D. Boughton (R) Area  - City 114. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Newington is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Orange is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Farmingdale is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. ... For other uses, see Wine (disambiguation). ...


In 2004, Tom Leonard, son of the founder, also opened a spinoff store, Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market, in the Short Pump section of Henrico County, Virginia (suburban Richmond). Henrico County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ...


The store is also known for its customer-service policy, which greets shoppers at each store's entrance etched into a three-ton rock:

  1. The customer is always right.
  2. If the customer is ever wrong, re-read rule #1.

Contents

The Store

The New York Times called Stew Leonard's the "Disneyland of Dairy Stores." The stores are not set up like traditional grocery stores; one must walk through the entire store (though there are short cuts), even to get a carton of milk. As customers walk through a path of aisles, they are greeted by different (employees dressed up in costumes), and animatronic favorites such as Twinkie the Kid, the Chiquita banana, and a cow's head that moos when one pulls its rope. The stores also feature petting zoos and outdoor cafes in the warmer months and sell a variety of prepared meals year round. The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... For other uses, see Disneyland (disambiguation). ... A glass of cows milk. ... Twinkies A Twinkie is a Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling created by Hostess, and baked by Continental Baking Co. ... Chiquita Brands International, fruit company. ... COW is an acronym for a number of things: Can of worms The COW programming language, an esoteric programming language. ... A petting zoo (often called, and/or part of, a childrens zoo) features a combination of domestic animals and some wild species that are docile enough to touch and feed. ...


The Business

Stew Leonard's is not only the world's largest dairy store; it is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for having "the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States." It has been listed as one of Fortune Magazine's top 100 businesses to work for six years in a row. It currently has annual sales of around $300 million and has about 2,000 employees. The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... Categories: Magazines stubs | Time Warner subsidiaries | Business magazines ...


Controversy

In 1993, founder Stew Leonard, Sr., pleaded guilty to defrauding the U.S. government of approximately $6.8 million in taxes, in what the IRS called at the time, "the largest such case in the country in which a computer was used." [1] He no longer runs the operations; each store is now individually run by one of his children. Leonard, Sr., served 52 months in prison. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Tax avoidance is the legal utilization of the tax regime to ones own advantage, in order to reduce the amount of tax that is payable by means that are within the law. ... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Part of the Taxation series        “IRS” redirects here. ...


External links

  • Official Page

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Unlike most groceries, Stew Leonard's corridors twist and turn, leading shoppers past all of the goods, rather than allowing them to choose which aisles to browse.
Leonard on the label, a la Newman's Own, we hit the main attraction, the dairy department.
To be fair, by the time they built the store in Yonkers, the Stew Leonard's formula had already been established.
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Stew Leonard's history can be traced back to the early 1920s, when Charles Leo Leonard started Clover Farms Dairy in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Stew Leonard's dream was to build a retail dairy store where children could watch milk being bottled, while mothers did their shopping in a farmer's market atmosphere.
Stew Leonard's was dubbed the "Disneyland of Dairy Stores" by the New York Times, because of its own milk processing plant, costumed characters, scheduled entertainment, petting zoo and animatronics throughout the stores.
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