KEASBEY — Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer owned cooperative in the United States, celebrated the opening of an almost 90,000 sq. ft. extension to its existing warehouse facility in Keasbey with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
Attending were Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac, as well as members of the Woodbridge Municipal Council. From Wakefern, Joseph Colalillo, chairman and CEO; Dean Janeway, president; and Joe Sheridan, executive vice president were on hand to open the facility.
The Southern Perishables warehouse, originally in excess of 366,000 sq. ft. now measures more than 450,000 sq. ft. to accommodate Wakefern’s recent growth. The expansion added 25 new loading dock doors, for a total of 100, increasing the warehouse’s pallet capacity by 28%.
The construction, which took only six months to complete, increased Wakefern’s ability to service its 47 member companies which individually own and operate more than 228 supermarkets under the ShopRite banner in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Wakefern also operates 45 PriceRite stores in five states.
The Keasbey facility ships more than 1.5 million cases of product each week and handles all incoming and outgoing meat, dairy/deli, fresh bake and appy deliveries for all ShopRite and PriceRite stores.
“We moved to this Keasbey location in 2001 knowing we were able to expand and move our business forward here.” said Colalillo, “The location has been perfect for us, allowing us to have a central location to better serve all of our stores and members. We look forward to continued growth and a continued partnership with the township of Woodbridge.”
“Wakefern is a great corporate citizen, contributing to the Woodbridge Township economy and community,” said McCormac. “Woodbridge is one of the few towns in New Jersey that continues to see economic growth and corporate expansion even in a down economy. We are proud to be home to Wakefern and their east coast food distribution warehouse which serves more than one hundred regional ShopRite, PriceRite, and Readington Farms supermarkets through the five-state region.”
Joseph Colalillo, Chairman and CEO, Wakefern Food Corp. and Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac, “cut the ribbon” to Wakefern’s newly expanded 450,000 sq. ft. warehouse and food distribution center in the Keasbey Industrial Center. Dean Janeway, President, Wakefern Food Corp. (far left), Joe Sheridan, Executive Vice President, Wakefern Food Corp. (second left), Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (second right) and Carolyn Ehrlich, Chief of Staff, Woodbridge Mayor’s Office (far right) participate in the welcome program.
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