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Weis Markets, Inc.
Type Supermarket and pet store operator; publicly traded
Founded 1912 (Sunbury, Pennsylvania) by Harry and Sigmund Weis
Headquarters Flag of the United States Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Key people Norman Rich, President and CEO
Robert Weis, Chairman
Industry Retail grocery, pet supplies
Products Operates as Weis Markets, King's, Mr. Z.'s, Cressler's, Scot's Lo-Cost, Superpetz
Slogan Where Freshness Matters (2006); formerly We Do What Works For You and The Power to Save You More
Website www.weis.com

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History

Weis Markets was founded as Weis Pure Foods in 1912 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania by two brothers, Harry and Sigmund Weis. Their store has been noted as "revolutionary", as it did not operate on credit--sales were only for cash. At the time, similar stores operated on credit, allowing customers to build a tab that would be paid periodically. Cash sales were a sign of a growing working class earning steady paychecks--and they also helped lower prices by up to 25%.


The second Weis store opened in 1915 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg would remain an important market for Weis, helping to anchor the central Pennsylvania region that Weis would dominate for decades. Location in Dauphin County and state of Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country Commonwealth County Dauphin Incorporated 1791 Charter 1860 Government  - Mayor Stephen R. Reed (D) Area  - City  11. ...

A Weis supermarket in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.
A Weis supermarket in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.

The Weis brothers expanded their chain rapidly, opening dozens of small, in-town grocery stores throughout central Pennsylvania. Their chain peaked at 115 stores in 15 central Pennsylvania counties by 1933. At the time, the modern self-service supermarket was coming into its own. The format was pitted against the traditional model, followed by Weis Pure Foods, in which customers gave their orders to a clerk who would retrieve the requested items. As the modern supermarket model began to take hold, the Weis brothers began to adapt. They closed several corner grocery stores in Harrisburg in 1938, replacing them with their first self-service, consolidated supermarket, which they dubbed the Weis Super Market. Over the next two decades, the company continued with this strategy, and it had consolidated all of its corner grocery stores into supermarkets--35 in total--by 1955. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1500x676, 149 KB) A Weis supermarket (store #176) in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1500x676, 149 KB) A Weis supermarket (store #176) in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. ...


In the 1950s and 1960s, Weis Markets (as it was known by then) expanded out of its familiar territory, first reaching York and then Lancaster by 1960. The company expanded into adjacent states in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In 1967, the company ventured outside of Pennsylvania for the first time. It opened stores in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland, and it also purchased the six-store Albany Public Markets chain based in Albany, New York. Those expansions brought the company to a total of 65 stores. Weis would later shutter the Albany Public Markets chain. A couple were later occupied by Grand Union. Weis bought at least one former Kings location when the company went out in 1984. Nickname: Motto: A Great Place to Live Work and Visit Location in Maryland Coordinates: , County Washington Incorporated 1813 Government  - Mayor Robert Bob E. Bruchey II Area  - City 27. ... Location in Maryland Coordinates: , Country United States State Maryland County Frederick Founded 1745 Government  - Mayor William J. Holtzinger (R)  - Board of Alderman Marcia Hall (D) Alan E. Imhoff (R) David P. Koontz (D) Donna K. Ramsburg (D) C. Paul Smith (R) Area  - City  20. ... For other uses, see Albany. ... Track arrangement of a street railway Grand Union. ...


Weis's territorial expansions came with mixed results. A company with rural, central Pennsylvania roots, it was able to expand into the Baltimore, Maryland, region with great success, taking on such established players as Giant (Landover) and Safeway. The company expanded further in Maryland toward Washington, D.C., with much less success. It retreated from that market, first closing most of its stores in Montgomery County, Maryland, and finally closing its Manassas, Virginia, store--its lone store in that state--by 2006. Weis' foray into New Jersey came with mixed results as well, as it was forced to close a new store in Flanders in 2002--only two years after opening it. The three stores currently in New Jersey continue to face stiff competition from Supervalu-owned Acme, the Shop Rite cooperative, and, to a lesser extent, A&P. Baltimore redirects here. ... Giant of Landover, Maryland store at 8th and O Streets NW in Washington, D.C. Giant Food Inc. ... This article is about article is about the US-based corporation. ... Montgomery County of the U.S. state of Maryland is situated just north of Washington, D.C. and Southwest of Baltimore. ... Manassas redirects here. ... This article is about Acme Markets, the Philadelphia-area division of Supervalu. ... ShopRite, Shoprite, and Shop Rite are names of companies based in the United States, South Africa, and Australia, respectively. ... The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, is a United States and Canada. ...


Today, Weis thrives in the rural areas, small towns, and medium-sized cities of northeastern, central, and southern Pennsylvania. It has expanded to the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre markets successfully, but it has been unable to penetrate the penumbra surrounding Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.


Banners

In addition to the Weis Markets banner, the company operates supermarkets under the King's and Mr. Z's banners. Those two banners are centered primarily in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania and were acquired in mid-1990s acquisitions. While these stores operate under a different banner, all products and even most signs inside the stores feature the Weis name.


Weis also operates one store in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, as Cressler's (a name that was part of the local marketplace for decades before Weis took over that store), operates some stores as Sav-a-Lot under license from Supervalu, and operates some supermarkets as Scot's Lo-Cost, an experimental warehouse prototype. At one time, the company operated a few stores as Big-Top Market, but as of 2006, no more stores exist under this banner. Weis also owns and operates the Superpetz pet store chain.


Competition

Weis's chief competition comes in its traditional home base of central Pennsylvania. Giant (Carlisle), a supermarket chain owned by Ahold, began aggressive expansion during the 1990s, building newer, larger stores with vast selections. The expansion caught Weis off-guard. While Weis was able to kick into gear with an expansion project of its own, it has not yet fully recovered. Giant still remains the market leader throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Giant Food Stores was founded in 1923, when David Javitch opened a small meat market in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ... Ahold, (in full Koninklijke Ahold N.V., Royal Ahold N.V.), (Euronext: AH, FWB: AHO, NYSE: AHO, SWX: AHO) is a major international supermarket operator and foodservice company based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. ...


Weis also faces tough competition in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Although it is the market leader, Giant (Carlisle) and Stauffer's of Kissel Hill are worthy competitors. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, known as the Garden Spot of America since the 18th century, is located in the southeastern part of the state of Pennsylvania, in the United States. ...


In Maryland, Weis competes with Acme, Safeway, and Giant (Landover). This article is about Acme Markets, the Philadelphia-area division of Supervalu. ... Giant of Landover, Maryland store at 8th and O Streets NW in Washington, D.C. Giant Food Inc. ...


In New Jersey, Weis's chief competition includes A&P, Acme, and Shop Rite. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, is a United States and Canada. ... This article is about Acme Markets, the Philadelphia-area division of Supervalu. ... ShopRite, Shoprite, and Shop Rite are names of companies based in the United States, South Africa, and Australia, respectively. ...


Private label brands

Weis Markets sells a variety of house brands under the following private labels:

  • Weis Quality
  • From the Field (produce)
  • Big Top
  • Carnival
  • Dutch Valley
  • Weis Choice (premium brands, advertised as equivalent to national brands)
  • The Way It Was (former house brand for health and beauty aids; has been eliminated)
  • From The Dock (seafood)
  • From The Oven (bakery)

Corporate officers

  • Robert Weis — Chairman
  • Norman Rich — President, CEO, Director
  • Jonathan Weis — Vice Chairman, Secretary
  • William Mills — CFO, Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Director
  • Steven Michaelson — Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing

References

  • DeKok, David. "The Weis Dynasty." The Patriot-News, February 20, 1994.
  • Southall, Brook. "Old-Line Weis Plans Basket of Changes." Central Penn Business Journal, June 14, 1996.
  • Weis Markets Annual Report, 1967 [1]
  • Weis Markets Web Site [2]

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Weis Markets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (961 words)
Weis Markets, Inc. is a chain of supermarkets based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, with a presence in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Maryland.
Weis Markets was founded as Weis Pure Foods in 1912 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania by two brothers, Harry and Sigmund Weis.
Weis' foray into New Jersey came with mixed results as well, as it was forced to close a new store in Flanders in 2002--only two years after opening it.
Weis Markets: Information from Answers.com (3676 words)
Weis Markets, Inc. is one of the oldest and most profitable supermarket companies in the eastern United States.
But Weis received some criticism from outside investors who were discouraged by the slow rate of growth, which in turn contributed to the lack of progress in the company's stock price.
The slow pace of Weis' expansion, especially relative to its incredible cash reserves, stemmed in part from the fact that the population in many of the company's markets wasn't growing and that each new grocery store required a lot of time and effort to launch successfully.
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