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Wakefern Food Corp. announced yesterday that 10-store, Pennsylvania-based Gerrity’s Supermarkets, founded as a small meat market in 1895, is the 48th member to join its cooperative.

According to the announcement, "The Fasula family operates supermarkets in Pennsylvania under the Gerrity’s Supermarkets banner. Upon their conversion, the stores will be rebranded as Gerrity’s The Fresh Grocer, a Wakefern trademark. Currently there are 11 Fresh Grocer stores located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey each independently owned by Wakefern cooperative members."

"The Fasulas are a strong addition to our cooperative and another family-owned business that provides an exceptional experience and quality fresh foods for its customers and a great place to work for its associates,” said Joseph Colalillo, Wakefern’s Chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement.  “Membership in our cooperative allows independent operators like the Fasulas to maintain their entrepreneurial spirit while benefiting from the scale and services Wakefern offers."