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Stop & Shop to acquire King Kullen chain

Stop & Shop announced today it has agreed to acquire King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc. The agreement includes King Kullen’s 32 supermarkets, including the stores in Wading River and Cutchogue, and five Wild by Nature stores.

“King Kullen is a well-respected grocery chain in the Long Island market that has an 88-year tradition of excellent customer service,” Stop & Shop president Mark McGowan said. “We look forward to bringing our quality, selection and value to more communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.”

The acquisition is currently expected to close during the first quarter of 2019, the company said in a press release.

King Kullen was founded in 1930 by Michael J. Cullen.

“As a family-owned and operated business, we are very proud of our heritage and extremely grateful to all of our associates and customers for their support over the years,” opened the first King Kullen and ushered in the era of the great American supermarket,” King Kullen co-president Brian Cullen said. “We are confident the Stop & Shop brand will carry on our legacy of service in the region.”

Stop & Shop already has a supermarket located in Riverhead, where King Kullen operated a store for four decades before closing its doors in November 2015.

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