US Retailer Kroger Announces Murray's Cheese Merger
US retailer Kroger has announced that it has merged with iconic cheese shop Murray's Cheese, as well as purchasing its flagship New York facility.
The companies originally started a partnership in 2008, with Kroger selling Murray's Cheese products in store. Each shop stocks hundreds of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, and olives, among others.
Murray's Cheese opened in 1940, and has been a landmark in the New York landscape selling cheese, meat and specialty food items via their online service.
The former owner and president of Murray's, Rob Kaufelt, will remain on board as a strategic adviser.
"When I set out on this journey, my goal was simply to run the best cheese shop in Greenwich Village," said Kaufelt.
"I'm proud that we've been able to maintain the spirit and service of a mom-and-pop neighborhood shop amidst our growth into the national market.
In December last year, the companies opened up the 350th Murray's Cheese store in Bloomington, Indiana, after opening 100 stores in 2016 alone.
Financial terms of the merger were not available.
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