Founded in 1954 Associated, is the largest group of independently-operated supermarkets based in the New York metropolitan area.
Associated provides services to a network of approximately 250 independent grocery retail stores predominantly located in the five boroughs of New York City. Associated also has stores in upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Associated owns the banners Associated and Compare which both cater to the Hispanic and other ethnic demographics. Associated and Compare stores carry ethnic products and its private label brands Super A and Compare. Associated serves independently owned and operated grocery retailers operating under “Associated” or “Compare”
In January of 2014 Associated added the Met Food and Pioneer banners to the portfolio of banners. Both Met and Pioneer are recognized brands that have served the NYC marketplace for many years.
Associated provides grocery distribution, financing, and customer support services such as marketing, merchandising and advertising. Associated’s franchisor-like business model allows independently owned and operated stores to take advantage of merchandising and advertising economies normally available to larger supermarket chains.
Associated possesses one of the largest and well-capitalized balance sheets in the New York metropolitan grocery industry which is used to support the extension of working capital, credit and financing of independently owned and operated stores.
The mission of Associated Supermarkets is to serve each and every neighborhood. Taking the unique values, demographics, and needs of each community to shape each store. We want consumers to come to our stores for a great value, great product, and experience that encourages them to return again and again. We hope to do this by providing products that consumers want and need and quality, service, and competitive pricing that they expect. We believe that “Associated should be your neighborhood supermarket for all your food shopping needs”.
We pride ourselves on recognizing the differences that Associated customers “A”ppreciate: Good value, competitive pricing, and wide-ranging, aggressive promotions that come from being a strong and successful organization. “Super A” private label products are a staple for all of our stores and give the consumer a quality and cost friendly alternative to big name brands. The value of these products is another difference that is unique to Associated.
Associated strives to serve all cultural groups across the tri-state area by supplying foods that cater to the Area’s specific ethnic population, along with the full service items a typical supermarket carries. We want our customers to feel that we will always be there for them, in their neighborhood, offering the products that they look for. With stores in all locations covering all cultural groups, income levels, and ethnically diverse populations, we are truly everyone’s neighborhood store.
The main office provides services to each store with the same dedication and care so that each store can service their consumers the “A”ssociated way. Our aim is to give our store owners the ability to give their consumers everything they need to keep them coming back.
The “A”ssociated logo is something we feel has value and recognition with our customers. That intrinsic value is something that we hope to build upon to keep our current customer feeling like it’s their store, along with having a new, updated feel.