David Fernandez Joins Associated Supermarket Group as Vice President of Retail Services

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David Fernandez Joins Associated Supermarket Group as Vice President of Retail Services

ASG is committed to Modernizing the In-Store Experience for its Independent Supermarkets

PORT WASHINGTON, NY, August 24, 2022 – ASG announced the addition of David Fernandez to the company’s management team to enhance its retail services with a focus on technology, operational efficiencies and innovation. By adding David to the team, ASG will provide a stronger value to the supermarkets it serves with an aim to increase store sales and profitability.

This addition to the company’s management team represents another step forward in ASG’s ongoing commitment to provide unparalleled innovative retail services for its customers. David will develop and lead program executions to increase retail sales so that stores win in the modern retail marketplace.

“We are committed to strengthening the customer value we provide our supermarket operators. Our customers will greatly benefit from the experience David brings to the marketplace. He will bridge the gap for store technology implementation, and increase independent supermarket adoption of ecommerce, loyalty, and overall operations upgrades. He will provide stores with the guidance needed to stay ahead of trends and improve their technology ROI. We are pleased to welcome David Fernandez as VP of Retail Services to the ASG team,” said Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs, Joe Garcia and Zulema Wiscovitch. 

David brings national and regional retail operations and category management in-depth knowledge as he spent 14-years with Walmart stores and eight years with Shoprite stores leading best-in-class operational efficiencies for both companies. David received both his BA and MBA from the City University of New York.

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About ASG: Associated Supermarket Group provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Compare Fresh, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

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Associated Supermarket Group Promotes Jonathan D’Onofrio to Executive Vice President of Operations

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Associated Supermarket Group Promotes Jonathan D’Onofrio to Executive Vice President of Operations

Port Washington, NY, August 15, 2022 – ASG announced the promotion of Jonathan D’Onofrio to Executive Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. He will report to Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs, Joe Garcia and Zulema Wiscovitch.

Jonathan D’Onofrio joined ASG as Vice President of Merchandising in 2018. Together with his team, he successfully redefined ASG’s merchandising and ad planning procedures with the manufacturer and broker communities, adding more value to the diverse independent supermarkets in the ASG retail network. Jonathan will continue to lead the merchandising and procurement department. In his new role as EVP, he will expand DSD and central bill partnerships, spearhead strategic initiatives to achieve the company’s short and long-term growth initiatives and will ensure that the company’s procedures are sustainable and efficient.

Prior to ASG, he was a team leader at Advantage Sales & Marketing. Before that, he held merchandising and procurement roles at C&S and White Rose. Jonathan earned a bachelor’s in finance from The College of New Jersey.

“Jonathan has done a great job strengthening our relationships with the vendor community and providing our customers an exceptional ad program. He is committed to the growth of our company and to finding new and creative ways to improve our value proposition for our customers,” commented Zulema Wiscovitch, ASG’s Co-President and Co-CEO. “Jonathan has demonstrated strong leadership and entrepreneurial abilities and we are confident that he will play a pivotal role in ASG’s future success. We are excited to announce his promotion and congratulate Jonathan on his new role as EVP of Operations,” said Joe Garcia, ASG’s Co-President and Co-CEO.

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About ASG: Associated Supermarket Group provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Compare Fresh, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

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Met Fresh to super-serve Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with its newest location

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Met Fresh to super-serve Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with its newest location

A supermarket designed for a thriving cultural scene

Port Washington, NY, June 1, 2022On Friday May 27th, Associated Supermarket Group (ASG) welcomed the fifth Hamdan family-owned supermarket to its 250+ retail network. Met Fresh arrives at a time when the population has increased, and the neighborhood lacked an extensive selection of high-quality food at competitive pricing.

Met Fresh stores are known for their impeccable customer service, fresh foods, and an iconic “beer cave” with international and craft selections. Met Fresh will be a one-stop shopping experience for its neighbors. The format is a full-service model, offering an extensive variety of natural, organic and specialty food products across all departments. It also features a large produce area, a juice bar, an in-store butcher, a bulk-buying section, and a café bar to enjoy an espresso while shopping. “The supermarket has everything a shopper needs in their pantry or on tonight’s dinner table” said Danny Hamdan, owner of Met Fresh. “This marks my third endeavor with the supermarket format, and it is one that Bed-Stuy residents have pleaded for, a modern supermarket that is an enjoyable shopping experience” he continued.

“Opening a Met Fresh, an anchor supermarket in Bed-Stuy for a thriving mixed residential and commercial area allows a neighborhood to flourish even more. It provides greater economic opportunity, not only for the Hamdan family, but also for the community,” said Joe Garcia, Co-CEO and Co-President of Associated Supermarket Group. “The ASG family is excited to welcome this new supermarket with our Met Fresh trademark, so consumers can benefit from our product selection, competitive pricing, and the personal touch that the Hamdan family offer in their stores.  We wish Danny and his team much success”, said Zulema Wiscovitch, Co-CEO and Co-President of Associated Supermarket Group.

Met Fresh Supermarket is located at 410 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

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For additional photos, courtesy of Associated Supermarket Group, click HERE

About ASG:

Associated Supermarket Group provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Compare Fresh, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

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Dumbo Market opens its second Brooklyn location, with Associated Supermarket Group

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Dumbo Market opens its second Brooklyn location, with Associated Supermarket Group
Dumbo Market brings high quality food selection to Boerum Hill

Port Washington, NY, March 30, 2022 – On Friday March 25th, Associated Supermarket Group (ASG) welcomed Dumbo Market – Boerum Hill to its 250+ supermarket retail network.
Dumbo Market is a next-generation, 12,000 square foot food destination with an extensive selection of organic and specialty items across all supermarket departments. Visionary store owner, Mohammed Mujalli, knows that most neighborhood grocery stores are considerably smaller with limited selections, but he’s challenging the big-chain status quo with the design of a two-level Dumbo Market. Complete with a sleek escalator to carry shoppers into a second level of the highest quality products and customer service, Dumbo Market provides its neighbors, and the greater Boerum Hill community an abundance of quality, nutritional value and food selection.

“Whether it’s for meal prepping or to pick-up dinner, Boerum Hill residents now have a supermarket with specialty prepared foods, a sushi counter, as well as an impressive selection of beers. We couldn’t be happier to serve Boerum Hill and working with ASG to meet the needs of this community,” said Mohammed Mujalli.

“The opening of Dumbo Market is a symbol of growth and prosperity, not only for the Mujalli family, but also for New York City after two of the most challenging years we have ever experienced,” said Zulema Wiscovitch, Co-CEO and Co-President of Associated Supermarket Group, “ASG will provide Dumbo Market with the merchandise and retail services it needs in today’s competitive supermarket retail landscape. Independent owners, like Mujalli, have a supplier standing behind them to ensure the store gets its fair share of product distribution to meet the discerning needs of Brooklynites,” she continued.

Dumbo Market is located at 205 Smith Street in Brooklyn, New York.

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About ASG:
Associated Supermarket Group provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Compare Fresh, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

For additional photos, courtesy of Associated Supermarket Group, click HERE

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ASG’S “BE THE GOOD NEIGHBOR” PROGRAM WINS THE 2022 NGA CREATIVE CHOICE AWARD

The 2021 Be The Good Neighbor program wins the 2022 NGA Creative Choice Award for Connections through Social MediaThe National Grocer’s Association Creative Choice Awards acknowledge the Best Marketing and Merchandising Programs in the Grocery Industry.

At a time when we need to show more humanity and compassion for our neighbors, the ASG Good Neighbor social media store tour brought back community connection to remind everyone how important acts of kindness are. In partnership with local social influencers, New York personalities shared and encouraged their fans, friends, and family to do small acts of kindness for others. Whether it was offering to pick-up groceries for someone, share a meal, or simply check-in on their neighbor, this campaign was about the small things one can do for others to build a better community. Embraced by store operators, the vendor community, and most importantly, by the public at large, #BeTheGoodNeighbor successfully delivered 14 MILLION impressions celebrating new stores and store anniversaries. 41 stores were celebrated through social dialogue between April and December 2021 for their connection to the communities.

A special thank you to The Good Neighbor sponsor brands and media partners for making the 2021 campaign a HUGE success for ASG independent retailers.

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Fausto Mercado Joins Associated Supermarket Group to Lead Credit and Collections

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Michelle Mendoza

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Fausto Mercado Joins Associated Supermarket Group to lead Credit and Collections

Innovation and efficiencies for the next phase of the company’s growth

Port Washington, NY, January 26, 2022 –Associated Supermarket Group (ASG), is proud to announce its new Vice President of Credit and Collections, Fausto Mercado. He is succeeding Dennis Stickley and will be reporting to Pema Tshering, Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Fausto Mercado previously served as Director of Credit and Collections at Goya Foods and brings over 20 years of a diversified background in Finance; specializing in accounts receivables, FDCPA compliance and operations. In his new role, Fausto will be a member of ASG’s Credit Committee.

“We are excited to welcome Fausto to the ASG family as we look to elevate our Credit and Collections department by introducing innovations to improve our procedures while maintaining our focus on customer relationships and personalized service. Fausto brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will bring the department to the next level”, said Joe Garcia and Zulema Wiscovitch, Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs of ASG.

”Fausto understands the culture of family business and entrepreneurship, which are core values for ASG. He will play a critical role with streamlining the lending and collections process” commented Pema Tshering.

Fausto Mercado is a Business Administration and Management graduate of Montgomery College and serves on the advisory board of Seton Hall University School of Business

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Fausto Mercado, Vice President of Credit and Collections at Associated Supermarket Group

About ASG:

Associated Supermarket Group provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Compare Fresh, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

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Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace Opens their Newest Location in Morris Plains, New Jersey

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Specialty Grocer Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace Announces Grand Opening Date of January 14, 2022 for their Newest Location in Morris Plains, New Jersey

Melville, NY – January 12, 2022 – Specialty grocer, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is hosting a Grand Opening of their newest location at Briarcliff Commons in Morris Plains, NJ. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM, directly outside the store’s entrance. The store’s address is: 1711 Route 10, East in Morris Plains.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second location in the great State of New Jersey, specifically in the wonderful community of Morris Plains,” said Philip DelPrete, Co-founder and President of Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace. “This store is a premier location in Morris Plains, and we are thrilled to introduce the community to our unique, gourmet offerings and full-service shopping experience.”

“We look forward to bringing the Uncle Giuseppe’s experience to our new friends in Morris Plains!”, said Carl DelPrete, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace. “From our old-world recipes, to our customer service – we have over 250 team members working around the clock to deliver the customer experience the people of Morris Plains will enjoy! Customers can also look forward to sampling our food and listening to live singers on the weekends as they shop.”

Uncle Giuseppe’s Morris Plains location boasts more than 42,000 square feet of space providing customers with a premier, full-service supermarket featuring a gourmet Italian theme. They successfully launched their soft opening on January 11, 2022 and will host a Grand Opening on Friday, January 14, 2022. The Morris Plains marketplace is the grocer’s second store in New Jersey, following on the enormous success of its first location in the Garden State, in Ramsey. The new Uncle Giuseppe’s store at Briarcliff Commons brings this beloved brand to Morris County, offering key essentials as well as its unique selection of specialty items, all in a convenient location with ample parking.

Customers are encouraged to come experience all the Uncle Giuseppe’s brand has to offer, with favorites such as a full-service deli, specialty butcher, gourmet bakery with many scratch-made items, as well as its famous viewing rooms where pasta and mozzarella are made fresh daily. In addition, the store will include a full grocery, dairy, and frozen food department to ensure a complete shopping experience.

For added convenience, Uncle Giuseppe’s will also offer home delivery and curbside pickup for everyday grocery essentials, beginning February 1st. In addition, they will offer full-service catering with a designated catering specialist in-store, equipped to cater any event – large or small. Catering also begins February 1st, just in time to place orders for Superbowl!

“Briarcliff Commons is already the most visited shopping center in its market for every day needs, and we expect the addition of Uncle Giuseppe’s will increase visits further while introducing a one-of-a-kind, specialty grocery experience unmatched in this market,” said Chris Weilminster, EVP and COO of Urban Edge Properties.

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Photo credits: Kevin Gallagher, Food Trade News

ABOUT UNCLE GIUSEPPE’S MARKETPLACE

Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is a full-service specialty grocer that is committed to selling gourmet food made with traditional Italian recipes and using the highest quality ingredients. Founded in 1998, Uncle Giuseppe’s has established itself as the New York and New Jersey-metro areas leading Italian food retail destination, with stores that emphasize an extensive selection of fresh products, prepared foods, and hard-to-find specialty and gourmet offerings, along with a full assortment of conventional groceries. Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is headquartered in Melville, NY with ten stores; eight located in New York (East Meadow, Smithtown, Port Washington, Port Jefferson Station, Massapequa, Melville, North Babylon and Yorktown Heights), and two in New Jersey (Ramsey and Morris Plains, and a part of the Associated Supermarket Group retail network. To learn more about Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, please visit UncleG.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Vice President of Credit Operations, Dennis Stickley Retires

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Michelle Mendoza

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Vice President of Credit Operations, Dennis Stickley Retires

50+ years of service 

Port Washington, NY, January 12, 2022 – After a 50-year career, Dennis Stickley, the industry veteran of credit and financial lending begins his never-ending vacation with the new year. Dennis joined ASG in 2014, after 30-years at White Rose Food.

Dennis Stickley, a marketing graduate of LIU Post University and a US Army veteran began his finance career as a business writer for Dun & Bradstreet. Early into his professional career, Dennis moved into managing credit for PolyGram N.V., an entertainment company and major music record label by Dutch corporation Philips and German corporation Siemens. In 1984, Dennis transitioned into the grocery retail industry and joined White Rose as a Director of Financial Services and Credit. In 2014, he joined ASG as the Vice President of Credit Operations. 

“We are grateful for Dennis’ dedication to ASG and our customers and for his many contributions to the business,” said ASG Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs, Joe Garcia and Zulema Wiscovitch.  “Dennis brought his credibility, knowledge, and experience to ASG at a time when the market was troubled by the folding of legacy wholesaler, White Rose. Making Dennis a part of our leadership team allowed ASG to offer the continuity and expertise needed to successfully run our credit department. He was instrumental in shaping opportunities for customers to establish supermarkets, making the stores a part of the fabric of the communities they serve. On behalf of our management team and all of ASG’s employees we wish Dennis all the best as he embarks in this new chapter of his life.” Dennis’ last day with ASG was December 31, 2021. Fausto Mercado will replace him, as Vice President of Credit and Collections. 

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About ASG: Associated Supermarket Group provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Compare Fresh, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

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Livoti’s Old World Market Joins the ASG Retail Network of Independent Stores

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Michelle Mendoza

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Livoti’s Old World Market Joins the ASG Retail Network of Independent Stores

ASG to drive center store business with localized ad programs for central New Jersey’s gourmet specialty store

Port Washington, NY, September 7, 2021 – Associated Supermarket Group (ASG) is now the primary supplier for Livoti’s Old World Market, known by locals as one of New Jersey’s great Italian markets.

Livoti’s, touts fine produce, meat, grocery, dairy, deli, catering, and bakery departments as a destination for people who have a passion for cooking and great food. Livoti’s opened the Aberdeen store in 2010, it was the first of four Livoti’s stores; other locations include Freehold, Marlboro, and Middletown, New Jersey. Excelling in its perimeter services, Livoti’s is looking to ASG to help develop its center-store grocery offerings, elevate its marketing and advertising performance through traditional outlets and digital channels, as well as deepen its relationships with direct-store-delivery suppliers. “We are using analytical data comprised of category sales and consumer preferences. These insights will allow the store to merchandise and carry the top-selling grocery, dairy, and frozen items at competitive prices.” said Ken Scher, SVP of Business Development of Associated Supermarket Group.

“We believe ASG will be a major key to improving our center-store sales and competitiveness. Their strong DSD support as well as excellent customer support is very crucial to help us tackle issues we face during these times like out-of-stocks, product delivery, social media, and marketing.” said John Livoti, Chief Operations Officer of Livoti’s Old World Market. “We are constantly trying to improve in all facets, and we believe ASG will help us achieve those results,” he continued. Livoti’s, is a gourmet supermarket serving central New Jersey since 2010. “Having Livoti’s join ASG’s network will propel both companies to achieve further growth,” said Joe Garcia and Zulema Wiscovitch, Co-CEO and Co-President of Associated Supermarket Group, “ASG will provide Livoti’s the merchandising and product assortment needed to respond to their customers’ needs.” they continued.

Associated Supermarket Group, LLC (ASG) provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

Livoti’s Old World Market, established May of 2010, in Aberdeen, New Jersey has now grown to four locations in 11 short years. In that short time, Livoti’s has created a name for itself, establishing itself as a household name and Monmouth County’s #1 Italian Deli since 2014. The beautifully decorated stores create a warm and inviting atmosphere that complements the thousands of items made in house every day. The complete market offers a wide variety of traditional and Italian specialties. The Livoti markets offer gourmet and premium bakery, produce, meat, deli, mozzarella, olive bar, grocery, dairy, frozen, seafood and catering departments. Livoti’s prides itself in quality, consistency, and freshness, key factors to their success.

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Livoti’s Old World Market
200 Mounts Corner Drive

Freehold, NJ 07728

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Pema Tshering Promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Associated Supermarket Group

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Michelle Mendoza

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Pema Tshering Promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Associated Supermarket Group

Experienced leadership added for the next phase of the company’s trajectory

Port Washington, NY, August 30, 2021 – Associated Supermarket Group (ASG), a supermarket retail solutions company, announced the promotion of Pema Tshering to Chief Financial Officer of the Company.  Pema Tshering joined ASG in March 2017, and previously served as Vice President of Finance.  In her new role, Pema will head ASG’s Finance and Credit Departments and will be a member of the Credit Committee and Board of Directors.

“We are very excited to announce Pema’s promotion to the CFO position, a recognition of her leadership, stellar performance managing our finance group and her role during our MBO transaction. As we enter the next phase of the company’s trajectory, Pema’s contributions play a major role in our strategic vision and growth plans for ASG,” commented Joe Garcia and Zulema Wiscovitch, Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs of ASG.

Ms. Tshering is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of New York University Stern School of Business. Ms. Tshering previously served as the VP of Accounting and Finance at Cargo Air Services, a cargo handling firm, and as Corporate Controller at Display Technologies. She has extensive experience in the finance field, including strategic planning, FP&A, internal controls, and process improvement.

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About ASG:

Associated Supermarket Group provides retail solutions to independently owned grocery stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region, providing distribution, marketing, merchandising, promotional services, and store financing. A relationship with ASG allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of the economies of scale normally available only to larger supermarket chains. ASG’s supermarket banners include Associated, Associated Fresh, Compare, Met Foods, Met Fresh, Metropolitan City Market, Pioneer and other independently named stores.

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