Kearny, NJ – (May 12, 2023) –
Nutley Park Shop-Rite, Inc. announced today its planned acquisition of the assets of Kearny ShopRite, Inc. from the Tully family. The planned sale of the Kearny store, along with Tully ShopRite Liquors, to new owners comes as longtime operator Richard Tully retires from the supermarket business.
Richard Tully’s father, John Tully, opened his first market in Kearny in 1938 and joined the retailer-owned Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative in 1948, just two years after it was formed. John Tully was one of the earliest members of Wakefern and the first to put the name ShopRite on his store. As a result, the ShopRite name has been part of the Kearny community for nearly 75 years and today the store is located at 100 Passaic Ave. Richard grew up in the business and joined his father in running the supermarket in 1971. Richard’s wife Cheryl later joined him in the business and the two have operated the family store and served the community for more than 50 years.
“ShopRite of Kearny and the Tully family have been dedicated to customer and community service for decades, and we are proud to continue those traditions as we welcome their store and associates into our family of supermarkets,” said Carol LoCurcio, owner of Nutley Park Shop-Rite, Inc. which operates the ShopRites of Belleville and Nutley. “We wish Richard the best in his well-deserved retirement. We look forward to building on the legacy of service the Tully family has established in Kearny.”
“We are proud that our family has served the Kearny community for more than seven decades and grateful for all the friendships we’ve made along the way. We thank our loyal customers and our dedicated associates.
We know the store is in good hands with Nutley Park ShopRite, Inc. and the LoCurcio family at the helm,” said Richard Tully.
“Although this chapter is ending for me as I retire, my connection to the community will remain,” added Tully, who has provided support over the years to local schools, churches and police and fire departments.
The ShopRite of Nutley also has a long history of community commitment and membership in the Wakefern cooperative. Grocer Vincent LoCurcio, Sr. opened a superette in downtown Nutley in 1953 and joined Wakefern one year later. His son, Vincent LoCurcio III, would later lead the business and play a key role in the Nutley community. The family opened a second store, the ShopRite of Belleville, in 2013, and today Vincent’s wife, Carol LoCurcio, and Vincent’s son, Joseph Frusteri, run both stores.
Both the ShopRite of Nutley and the ShopRite of Kearny have been committed over the years to fighting hunger and donating to local food banks and hunger-relief organizations, and the new owners will continue that commitment at Kearny. The acquisition is expected to be completed in June 2023.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With nearly 280 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves millions of customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $50 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $34 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com