Save A Lot operator joins Wakefern below Value Ceremony banner

Grocer Madison Foods Corp. has joined the retail cooperative Wakefern Food Corp. and plans to remodel three stores in Massachusetts under the Price Rite Marketplace banner.

Madison Foods of Brockton, Massachusetts is owned and operated by the Slawsby family. There are plans to remodel Save A Lot discount supermarkets in Roslindale (650 American Legion Hwy.), Roxbury (333 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) and Brockton (333 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). 240 E. Ashland St.) to Wakefern’s Price Rite Value grocery format in the coming weeks, Wakefern said on Monday. The Slawsby family is also planning to open a new Price Rite store at 500 Geneva Ave. in January. opened in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

“I am delighted to welcome the Slawsby family to our Wakefern Cooperative, comprised of family-owned independent grocers with 75 years of history in the supermarket business,” said Joseph Colalillo, Chairman and CEO of Wakefern, in a statement. “These stores will expand the Price Rite Marketplace brand in the Boston area and bring value and quality to the communities of Roslindale, Roxbury, Brockton and Dorchester.”

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In addition to converting three stores from the Save A Lot banner, Madison Foods plans to open a new Price Rite Marketplace store in Dorchester, Massachusetts in January.

Under the Price Rite banner, Madison Foods stores will continue to offer skilled butchers and a variety of ethnic and inexpensive products, according to Wakefern. Customers will notice new price newsletters from Price Rite with special offers. Other additions to the converted locations include Wakefern private label products such as Bowl & Basket food and Paperbird non-food food, as well as the better-for-you brands Wholesome Pantry and Wholesome Pantry Organic, which contain a range of natural and “free of” products. Products plus organic offers.

“We will continue to offer everything our customers know and love while adding more variety and award-winning private label brands that the Wakefern Cooperative offers,” said Todd Slawsby, president of Madison Foods, who runs the business with his father Harold and brother leads Jonathan.

The Slawsby family has been running grocery stores in the Boston area since the 1940s when Harold’s father Ben Slawsby opened a meat market in Dorchester that eventually became Capitol Foods, a 10-store chain of supermarkets.

“This is the exciting next chapter in my family’s grocery history,” added Todd Slawsby. “I want to thank customers for their support and patience as we rebrand and change the Price Rite Marketplace.”

Currently, Wakefern’s Price Rite Marketplace banner spans more than 60 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Maryland.

Madison Foods marks Keasbey, the 51st member of Wakefern in New Jersey. During the recently completed fiscal year 2020, Wakefern added a new member, Nicholas Supermarkets, which is owned by the Maniaci family and operates four The Fresh Grocer stores in northern New Jersey. The cooperative also added Fairway Market as a new store banner when member Village Super Market acquired five stores from the bankrupt chain in the New York City area.

In total, Wakefern’s retail network now has 362 supermarkets in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island under the ShopRite, the Fresh Grocer, the Price Rite Marketplace, the Gourmet Garage, the Fairway Market and Dearborn market banners.