Wakefern Food Corp.

Wakefern Food Corp. is currently the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Wakefern currently controls 1.6% of the market. It is owned by independent grocers who operate supermarkets in the Northeast United States. They also assist other retailers in staying competitive in today’s market.

About Wakefern Food Corp

Wakefern’s focus is on helping independent retailers compete in the world of big business. This is accomplished by providing entrepreneurs with the tools they need to stay ahead of the completion. The client benefits from a number of services provided by Wakefern including:

  • Innovative Technology
  • Private Label Development
  • Best-In-Class Procurement Practices

Wakefern is headquartered in Keasbey, New Jersey and operates over 2.5 million square feet of grocery and non-food warehousing. One of the greatest features of Wakefern is that it is uniquely positioned to meet the wholesale needs of the retail customers it serves. Along with domestic customers, Wakefern also reaches international customers, all of which are provided:

  • High Quality Grocery
  • Perishables
  • Non-Food Products
  • Consistently Great Value

Wakefern Food Corp. was founded 64 years ago and has always provided exceptional service to its customers. The advantages of using Wakefern’s cooperative include the collective retail experience between members, first-hand consumer insights, and knowledge of best practices. These features help retailers to find success in a highly competitive marketplace that consist of highly dominating multi-national chains.

Number of Stores and States Serviced

In addition to servicing cooperative members, Wakefern operates ShopRite and Price Rite Stores. Currently, a total of 220 ShopRite stores are located in:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland

Of these stores, 28 are corporately owned by Wakefern Food Corp. ShopRite serves 5 million customers weekly, making over 10.6 billion in retail sales annually. It also sells more than 3,000 products branded with private labels.

PriceRite Supermarkets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern. Price Right supermarkets services over approximately 18,000 customers weekly. These shoppers usually save up to 50% on their grocery bills as the stores don’t spend money on advertisements or fancy décor, focusing rather on simply providing a clean and convenient place to shop. It operates over 40 stores in:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

Wakefern’s customers currently include:

Morton Williams – This family-owned food retailer has been in business since 1946. It currently has 12 locations in the New York Metropolitan area.

Gristedes – Providing service to New York for over 100 years, Gristedes offers dairy products, produce, fresh meats, frozen foods, baked goods, nonfood items, and gourmet foods.

Heinen’s – The first Heinen’s store opened in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1929. Now there are 17 Heinen fine food stores operating in Northeast Ohio, each promising to “provide world-class customer service while offering the freshest, highest quality foods.”

The MarketPlace Limited – This is a chain of eight grocery stores that operate throughout Bermuda. Originally, they opened as the Piggly Wiggly stores, but now are the most modern stores on the island.

In addition, Wakefern also has customers all across the Northeast and Ohio. International customers are located in Central and South America, the Middle East, and the British Isles.

Banners: ShopRite, Price Rite


  1. Linda Candela January 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I have been shopping at the Brookfield shoprite for over ten years and have been very happy until recently. I have purchased Simply Smart milt and I always look at the expiration date. This is about the third time I have bought a new container and it has gone bad way before the expiration date. This last container I bought a week ago had an expiration of 2/23/17. Today is January 23, 2017and it is sour. My husband did speak to the manager and he said maybe my refrigerator wasn’t working properly. My refrigerator is new – I am in a brand new house 2 1/2 years old. The refrigerator is fine. I think the problem is they either leave the milk laying out too long or there is not enough turnover in this store since the new shoprite opened in Danbury. So I will no longer shop in Brookfield but will try the Danbury store to see if I can keep milk longer than a week. Also not happy with the way they are stocking – I bought special k chips and I like the sea salt – they have had only cheddar & salt & vinegar for weeks.

  2. James F. Malerba May 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply


    The former X-pect Discount store in North Haven, CT, has been vacant for nearly a year. We desperately need a lower-priced store herein town, to compete with the local supermarkets. Would Price Rite consider opening a store here? Thank you for your consideration.

    James F. Malerba

  3. tyrik austin March 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    i wound like to worlk with your company

  4. Robert Mohr November 19, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Ten Penny Ale

    On November 3, 2013 I purchased a four pack of Olde Burnside Ten Penny Ale from the Southington Ct. Shop Rite on Queen Street.
    On November 4, 2013 I poured a glass of the ale and noted that it tasted foul. I had hoped that I just happened upon a bad bottle, but when I opened a second bottle – same problem.
    On November 6, 2013  i went to the same Shop Rite to return the bad ale. Big mistake. Manager “Mike” explained that they would not take back ale, nor would they make a refund. I asked if they would continued selling a bad product or remove it from the cooler. Manager “Mike” replied that maybe I just don’t like or know the style (more than once). I first replied that if I didn’t like the style I would not buy it. My second reply was that I know about styles of ale & beer being a former home brewer and recognised beer judge back when Phil Markowski (New England Brewing & Southampton Brewing) and Ron Page (City Steam) were members of Beer Brewers of Central Connecticut.
    It may be that the “contract brewer” used in brewing employed unsanitary practices. It may be that Shop Rite did not refrigerate the product as required. No exchange was allowed and no refund was given. I have not been to any Shop Rite stores since then and may well never be again. I also may never again purchase any Olde Burnside Brewing Co. products.
    As it turned out, all four bottles were bad and had to be poured down the drain. At least I got my .20 cent bottle deposit back. The $6.99 purchase price – gone.
    Robert Mohr
    “Contact Us” on shop rite web sight needs revamping.

  5. Kmel E. October 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Dear Wakefern,

    I am overlyjoyed with the Flatbread crackers that come in a variety of types.
    I have been stuck on the Whole Grain Seeded. I am glad to say that this has boosted my diet tremendously. I have lost so much wieght with the use of this cracker. I have turned my friends and coworkers on to this deliciously thin crisp. They were recently priced just right and this was at a time when my grocery budget took a massive hit.
    Thanks for allowing me the option to eat and stay healthy with this product. Please continue to keep this product affordable, I noticed a big box store has a similar product and it is beyond my means.


  6. gioacchino aj patuto,MD October 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    i always admired advertising “Colombus Day”. what happened? you left out your italian friends? you are embarrassed? we buy most of your food. why are we not acknowledged?
    it used to be italian week.
    however, you can put latino, kosher, greek,and more,but, not us?—-Shame on you shoprite. i thought you were our other half.
    very disappointed —- Dr. Patuto

  7. Rosemanie April 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Can you tell me what country producess the Complete Beauty Lotion SPF15 – under Shop Rite Label? Thank you.

  8. carren jaffe March 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    This week’s circular had a coupon for 99 cents a pound for. an Emplre kosher turkey with the other weekly coupons on the cover page. The Uniond ale store manager said that the fine print on page 6 of the circular explained that this only as pplied after you spent $400 by March 30,2013.
    Many other customers coomplained about this
    Your add was very deceptive and misleading
    I’m not running back to do my Passover shopping!

  9. Norma Hochman February 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Dear Customer Service Dept.
    I purchased a box of ShopRite artificial sweetner recently (comprable to Sweet & Low) and after opening the box, I found several packets inside that had been torn open and left there. I used some of the sealed packets but find the torn ones creepy, dangerous, and therefore useless. Please advise. Thank you for your help in this matter

  10. Barry Rosenberg January 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    DEar Wakefern Food Corp.:
    I am looking to purchase a product of yours, Dehydrated Soup Greens, 3.6 oz plastic canisters, that I used to buy at Shop Rite stores in Connecticut. I now live in Florida and I can’t find that item anywhere in my area. I live in central Florida, but I don’t know if they sell it anywhere in Florida. I am interest in purchasing a number of these canisters since the supply I brought with me from Connecticut is running low. I use them in my seasoning for my chicken noodle/matzo ball soup and in my tuna fish. Can I please tell me how I can purchase a number of canisters. Thank you very much.
    P.S. My home address is 21407 Royal Troon Drive, Leesburg, FL 34748 and my phone number is 352-552-6122. My email address is attatched to this letter. Thanks.

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