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The long awaited Saker ShopRite of Shrewsbuy opened to massive crowds recently and it really is a magnificent store with 80,000 square feet of convenience, quality, freshness and great pricing awaiting customers as they walk into the store. “We are very excited to serve the Shrewsbury community with the opening of this state-of-the-art shopping destination,” said Richard Saker, president and CEO of Saker ShopRites, Inc. “We are proud of our great family of associates and strong connection to the communities where our stores operate. We live and work here and support local farmers, food producers and hundreds of community organizations.” While the store has that “World Class” ShopRite feel, the Shrewsbury location stands out for its vast hot food and deli provisions selection and an offering of hundreds of prepared entrees from both World Class Kitchens and Dearborn Farms behind an over 30 foot long glass deli/prepared food case. There is also a fresh pasta operation where customers can buy packaged pasta products like angel hair, macaroni and ravioli. Kobe beef is featured and can be ordered in the form of beef burgers, roast beef, corned beef and pastrami. All of this is offered under video screens that show mesmerizing kitchen videos from ShopRite chefs slicing and dicing, sautéing and baking, or piping icing into flower shapes onto beautiful little cakes for the boutique patisserie. “We import some of the finest ingredients from all over the world,” including chocolate from Belgium, said Saker. “We are just a cut above any bakery. Nobody does anything like we do.” If you’re traveling down the Garden State Parkway, hop off at exit 109 and go see this terrific location.

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Peppard of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) as it was announced that she has been promoted to vice president for her work representing food retailers, including supermarkets, independent grocers and convenience stores, as well as their supplier partners. “Mary Ellen has had a significant influence on our direction and mission. Her promotion to an executive position is fitting and well deserved,” said Linda Doherty, CEO of NJFC.

Associated Supermarket Group (ASG) held its annual holiday dinner at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, Long Island. Nearly 500 guests were on hand to celebrate 2018 and look forward to all that 2019 has to offer. ASG stated that they opened more than 20 new accounts in 2018 and have plans to aggressively secure more stores in the coming months. At the dinner, ASG recognized Bruno Corona as its retailer of the year. Bruno came to New York City in 1974 from the Domincan Republic and worked in a variety of jobs before joining with a few partners in the 1980s and opening a small bodega in St. Albans, Queens. In 1997 he was the sole proprietor of the bodega and dreamed of owning something a little bigger. In 2007, Bruno became the proud owner of the Pioneer Supermarket on Parkside Avenue in Brooklyn and two years later added his second store, an Associated Supermarket nearby in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. Bruno was on hand to receive the reward with his family and wife Teofila by his side. Congratulations!

Well that will about do it for now. I want to wish you all peace and joy for this Christmas season and prosperity and good health for the coming year. Thank you all for your support, comments and partnership during the year and I look forward to working with you all in the New Year! As always you can reach me at 201.250.2217 or