C&S Top Grocery Wholesaler In Competitive Northeast Market; Mike Duffy Named CEO

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Krasdale, based in White Plains, NY, supplied many independent retailers under such banners as AIM, Bravo, C-Town, Market Fresh, Shop Smart and Stop 1 – whose combined sales paced all independent retailers in the five boroughs of New York City.  All told, the company serviced approximately 3,600 stores in the metro NY and Philadelphia markets and accrued sales of $774 million this year.

General Trading, based in Carlstadt, NJ, also serviced many independent merchants doing business in the areas in and surrounding New York City. Of the company’s nearly 2,500 stores it supplied, many were ethnic and specialty customers. Annual wholesale revenue was estimated to be $610 million.

Burris Retail Logistics, another family-owned firm that dates to 1925, continued to be a dominant distribution and logistics company throughout the region. Along with supplying supermarkets and club stores through its Burris Custom Retail division, the Milford, DE-based organization operates a public refrigerated warehouse division (PRW Plus), a transportation company (Burris Transportation) and a foodservice redistribution business (Honor Foods). Its retail distribution entity, known for its expertise in temperature sensitive products, supplied about 550 stores (supermarkets and clubs) which produced estimated wholesale revenue of $535 million in 2017.

Rounding out the list of leading wholesale companies in the region are the three club store merchants who operate stores nationally. We have broken out store counts and estimated sales for those units which operate in our coverage area.

The nation’s largest club store operator – Costco – also led the pack in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Southeast with 101 stores and $7.1 billion in annual sales (extrapolated to include only food and related products). BJ’s Wholesale Club operated the most stores – 173 – which produced annual estimated sales of $6.54 billion (extrapolated) while Walmart-owned Sam’s Club’s 115 stores (many of them in the Southeast) amassed $3.96 billion in extrapolated volume this year.

The study featured grocery-driven wholesalers who operated in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Southeast covering CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT and Washington, DC for the 12- month period ended November 30. While several of the distributors operated other distribution centers outside those geographical boundaries, only revenue data and number of stores serviced in the measured coverage area were listed in this study.