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Stew Leonard's Farm Fresh Food & Wine

Stew Leonard was rated number 10 on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. No one knew that in 1969 when Stew opened his first store in Norwalk, CT. The original store was less than 1,500 square feet, but it made a name for itself pretty quickly. It wasn’t just the low prices that attracted customers, though you could save some serious cash compared to the local A&P. It was more about the fact that Stew gave great customer service and enjoyed talking to customers about their families and cooking. It still is. Here’s an interesting read.

 

The Stew Leonard line of supermarkets, named after its founder, is one of the most well-known grocery stores in the United States. The chain has over 2,500 team members spread across its seven stores. These super-sized stores are often dubbed “Disneylands for Dairy products” because of their fun and family atmosphere, which includes animated characters and costumed actors who entertain children while moms and dads shop. At Stew Leonard’s, there’s always someone ready to talk about the product and help get you the specific size or quantity you need.

 

When Stew Leonard Jr. opened the first Stew Leonard’s grocery store in 1969, he did so with a $6,000 cash advance on his Mastercard. His store was tiny — just over 1,500 square feet — and carried only dairy products and eggs. Thirty additions have been added to the original store to give it an almost supermarket-like feel. Today’s Stew Leonard’s has expanded into meats, fish, produce, bakery, cheese, and wine. As their tagline notes: “No hassles. Just great food.” 

 

The owners of the grocery store chain Stew Leonard’s, who are themselves a family of six kids plus a mom and dad, have committed themselves to give back with the help of their children who made Wishing Wells for their shoppers. Soon enough, stores increased revenue by over $10,000 a month simply by asking consumers for donations in their Wishing Wells made by the children.

 

Disneyland has Mickey Mouse, Universal Studios has the Mummy and Stew Leonard’s has their signature cow that is upside down without a care in the world. Stew Leonard’s new creamery at the Milford Connecticut location recently opened up, complete with a modernized milking parlor where guests can watch cows being milked through glass panels and taste the finished product. The store also features what can only be described as attraction-like gizmos, such as a robot that mixes milkshakes. The stores are also very well-manicured and detailed, with statues of cows hanging from the ceiling, pillars made of wine barrels in some locations, artifacts depicting the cheese-making process, and a petting zoo featuring friendly farm animals. Next blog post >>>

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