King Kullen

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King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc., is an American supermarket chain based on Long Island. The company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, and was founded by Michael J. Cullen on August 4, 1930.

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King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc.
IndustryRetail (Grocery)
FoundedAugust 4, 1930 (93 years ago) (1930-08-04)
FounderMichael J. Cullen
Number of locations
31 (27 King Kullen; 4 Wild by Nature)[1] (2021)
Area served
Long Island
Key people
  • Joseph Brown (president and COO)
ProductsBakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks
ServicesPharmacy, Supermarket
RevenueIncrease US$ 800 million (2006)
OwnerCullen family (100%)
Number of employees
5,000 (2019)

The chain operates 27 locations. It is notable for its title of "America's First Supermarket" as recognized by the Smithsonian Institution.[2] King Kullen meets the criteria of America's First Supermarket because it was “the first to fulfill all five criteria that define the modern supermarket: separate departments; self-service; discount pricing; chain marketing; and volume dealing.” [3] The Food Marketing Institute has stated that King Kullen “served as the catalyst for a new age in food retailing.[4] The Super Market Institute recognizes that there is dispute regarding which store is America’s first supermarket, but “credits the modern supermarket – ‘the huge self-service, cash-and-carry, one-stop outlet with small markup, large volume, and the all-important parking lot’ – to the Great Depression and a man named Michael Cullen.”[5] Similarly, Supermarket News noted that "[a]lthough there is some disagreement, the overwhelming majority opinion is that the supermarket was invented by Michael Cullen." [6]

Supermarket News ranks King Kullen 75th on the list of Top 75 U.S. & Canadian Food Retailers & Wholesalers.[7]

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