Together with 50 member companies who independently run 362 supermarkets (and counting), we employ nearly 80,000 associates. We’ve grown quite a bit since our founding in 1946. But one thing’s never changed—our mission. We do things differently at Wakefern by putting people first, helping the little guys compete and succeed, and taking care of our communities.

Get to know the cooperative model

What do family-owned, independent grocers have to gain by banding together?

They can collectively purchase goods in larger quantities to secure lower prices. Access and share common resources that would otherwise be financially out of reach. And tap into centralized support for operational challenges, allowing them to focus on what they do best: serving customers in their communities.

With family-owned businesses
With retail customers
With our associates
With our communities

Think of Wakefern as the heart of the cooperative—we exist to provide members with the essential tools they need to thrive. Our talented associates (that could be you!) help us offer an extensive portfolio of services, including innovative technology, private label development and best-in-class procurement practices.

Bring your knack for innovation

We want to help our members create convenient, affordable, and memorable shopping experiences for customers. One with premium products that make their lives easier, healthier—or even both. We’ve stepped up our offerings over the years by introducing three private-label brands: Wholesome Pantry, Bowl & Basket and Paperbird. And more recently, our Fresh to Table concept gives customers simple meal planning solutions in one grab-and-go location.

In some cases, remaining competitive means thinking beyond the in-store experience. That’s why we partnered with TakeOff Technologies to open an automated warehouse that fulfills online grocery orders for ShopRite supermarkets. And as the grocer landscape continues to change, we’ll be ready for whatever’s next.

Nurture your talents at Wakefern

We bring our mission to life by delivering our best work every day, as individuals and collaborative teams. And to ensure we’re doing right by our members and the customers they serve, we focus on six key competencies:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Drive for results
  • Embrace change
  • Stay competitive
  • Build relationships
  • Develop you

Ready to join our team?

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