April 14, 1986 |
Abbotts, Harbisons, and Lehigh Valley are dairy names as synonymous with the Philadelphia area as Tastykake and Campbell Soup. But the fact is, all those milk brands come from the dairies of one company: Johanna Farms of Flemington, N.J. Johanna Farms has been steadily expanding its milk business, and in February bought its chief competitor, Atlantic Processing Inc. (API), an Allentown dairy that sells the Lehigh Valley brand of milk. In a deal estimated at $17 million, Johanna Farms bought all the milk plants run by API and took over all its business accounts.
July 11, 1993 |
The ShopRite supermarket at the Lawrence Park Shopping Center, a fixture to local food shoppers for 14 years, has been sold to Acme Markets Inc., and about 100 employees are temporarily - and possibly permanently - losing their jobs. The 30,000-square-foot ShopRite was scheduled to close yesterday, according to the disheartened employees. "It is like a family, the customers and the employees," said Patti Miller, 45, of Springfield, who has worked at the ShopRite since it opened in 1979.
August 29, 1997 |
The ShopRite LPGA Classic will have a new home next year, and a larger purse. The tournament, scheduled for June 26 to 28, is moving from Greate Bay Resort and Country Club in Somers Point, N.J., where it has been for the last decade, to Marriott's Seaview Resort in nearby Galloway Township. Seaview was the site in 1986 and '87, the event's first two years. Back then, the purse was only $225,000. Next year it will be $1 million, a $100,000 increase from this season. Only one non-major on the LPGA tour has a larger pot. "This dramatically underscores the extent of the growth of our tournament," said event chairman Larry Harrison.
June 29, 2011 |
After years of watching competitors cut into its local lead in supermarket sales, Acme Markets fell into second place over the last year, dethroned by ShopRite, according to an annual survey published by Food Trade News. ShopRite, ringing up $1.7 billion in sales across the eight-county Philadelphia region, grabbed the top spot from Acme, which has struggled to cut costs by shutting down underperforming stores and recently laid off 900 part-time employees. The survey studied the period from April 1, 2010, through March 31. During that time, Acme's sales were $1.6 billion, a drop from $1.8 billion a year earlier, according to data published this week in the trade publication's June editions.
March 23, 2011 |
Maurice Brown, 49, bought hoagies and soda yesterday at a corner store on Allegheny Avenue, down the road from where he lives. But for a full grocery trip, he has to travel about a half hour by bus to get to the nearest supermarket. It's no wonder, then, that Brown and other Tioga residents are excited by plans for a ShopRite in their neighborhood. "It's more convenient for the neighborhood," said Brown, 49, who works at a moving company. "We need a supermarket around here," said Franklin Cooper, 51, who worked for PepsiCola Bottling Co. "I bet everyone's saying they're glad.
June 20, 2008 |
Anyone with a competitive bone knows that there are times when being No. 1 is a blessing of achievement, and times when it is a burden to defend. For Acme Markets these days - top dog in the race for the $10 billion that Philadelphia-area shoppers spend in supermarkets each year - front-runner status has become a bit of a watch-your-back game. The massive supermarket chain, whose year-after-year dominance has made it as much a regional fixture as soft pretzels on a Philadelphia hot dog cart, lost market share in the last year as the competition picked up ground, according to an annual survey by Food Trade News.
December 20, 1998 |
Two companies that do business in the township have donated $60,000 to a local youth association - the first contributions to a capital campaign for improvements to Hartford Crossing Park. After heated debate over the summer, the Township Council reduced a bond proposal that had included money to complete the park. The council approved a $2 million version of the bond, a plan that reduced spending on the park by $300,000. The trim sent township officials looking for corporate donations to fund some items that were cut. Among them: new lighting for the fields, an announcer's booth, and storage and restroom facilities.
April 22, 1987 |
Acme Markets remains the dominant supermarket chain in the region, according to the seventh annual market study by Food Trade News, a trade publication that follows the supermarket industry. Acme, with 204 stores in the region, posted nearly 25 percent of the $11.67 billion in total retail food sales for the 45-county area, the survey found. Acme is dominant in the city as well as the 45-county region encompassing Eastern Pennsylvania and 11 counties in New Jersey. It also leads the Food Trade News rankings for the eight-county Philadelphia metropolitan area.
December 14, 2001 |
The good citizens of Brooklawn have taken some potshots for the decision last month to name the local elementary school's gym after a nearby ShopRite supermarket. After a while, they probably won't notice the barbs. They will be too busy using the gym and the library that now - thanks to the $100,000 that ShopRite pledged - will be open to the community after hours. While Brooklawn's deal is causing some fuss, it's important to remember that moves by schools to offer marketing exposure in exchange for cash are nothing new. In fact, public schools and corporations have been finding ways to cooperate for decades.