To mark its 62nd anniversary, Inserra Supermarkets recently honored 229 associates, who have a collective total of 4,435 years of service, at an awards celebration. The honorees were recognized for their milestone anniversaries, ranging from 5 to 50 years of service at the company’s 22 ShopRite stores located in New Jersey and New York.
Among them are two Middlesex County residents, Ivan Quiles of Avenel, who has been with the firm for 20 years, and Emilio Bragado, of Monroe, 35 year company employee.
“Our milestone celebration is always a special night for the entire Inserra Supermarkets family as we show our appreciation for the loyalty and dedication of our associates,” said Lawrence Inserra, Jr., chairman and CEO of Inserra Supermarkets. “I am very proud that Inserra Supermarkets is ranked among the top 75 food retailers and wholesalers in North America for 2016.That achievement is a true testament to the hard work of our associates at our stores each and every day.”
Established in 1954 by Patsy Inserra as a privately-held family business, Inserra Supermarkets remains true to its roots as a family-owned grocery chain. In 1980, under the entrepreneurial guidance of the late Lawrence Inserra, the company grew to eight stores and experienced a banner year in 1981, growing to 14 stores.
Today, the company owns and operates 22 ShopRite supermarkets in Bayonne, Emerson, Fair Lawn, Hackensack, Hillsdale, Hoboken, Jersey City, Lodi, Lyndhurst, New Milford, Northvale, North Bergen, Palisades Park, Ramsey, Wallington, Wayne and West Milford in New Jersey, and in Garnerville, New City, Stony Point, Tallman and West Nyack in Rockland County, N.Y.
“As we honor 229 associates for 4,435 years of service, the numbers also tell the story of great leadership from three generations of the Inserra family,” said Ron Onorato, president and COO of the Mahwah, N.J.-based company. “That strong history of leadership has made Inserra Supermarkets into the company it is today.”
As one of the region’s largest employers, Inserra Supermarkets provides full- and part-time positions to more than 4,800 associates. The company is also widely acknowledged as a good corporate citizen committed to improving the lives of local residents, and supports numerous non-profits, including Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Table to Table, the first food rescue program serving Northern New Jersey.
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