Founded in 1969 as a small dairy store, Stew Leonard's has become the World's Largest Dairy Store and one of the most renowned grocery stores. In addition to the headquarters store in Norwalk, Connecticut, Stew Leonard's has stores in Danbury, Connecticut, Yonkers, N.Y and Newington, Connecticut.
In the late sixties, Stew Leonard, Charles' son, realized the milk delivery business was going the way of the horse and buggy. When the state informed him that Clover Farms Dairy was in the path of a new highway, Stew Leonard planed to build a retail dairy store where children could watch milk being bottled, while mothers did their shopping in a farmer's market atmosphere. In December 1969, Stew Leonard's opened its doors - a 17,000 square foot store carrying just eight items.
Stew Leonard's has grown at an amazing pace - and 30 additions have since been added to the original store. Stew Leonard's has taken the fresh dairy concept and expanded into meats, fish, produce, bakery, cheese and wine. Unlike traditional grocery stores that sell an average 30,000 items, each Stew Leonard's store carries only 2,000 items, chosen specifically for their freshness, quality and value.
Stew Leonard's has remained a family business. In 1987, Stew Leonard, Jr. - Stew's son - took over the reins and is now President and CEO. Son Tom opened the 2nd Stew Leonard's in Danbury, Connecticut in 1991.
His daughter Beth founded the famous Bethy's Bakery and heads up the Gift Center. Daughter Jill is Vice President of Culture and Communication.
For the past nine consecutive years, Stew Leonard's is ranked by FORTUNE Magazine among "100 Best Companies to Work For in America".
Stew Leonard's was dubbed the "Disneyland of Dairy Stores" by the New York Times, because of its costumed characters, scheduled entertainment, petting zoo and animatronics throughout the stores.
The company has received worldwide acclaim for excellence in customer service and quality and is featured in two of management expert Tom Peter's books: A Passion for Excellence and Thriving on Chaos.
Also, in 1992, Stew Leonard's earned an entry into The Guinness Book of World Records for having "the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States."
You can watch video presentations for Stew Leonard's products and recipes on StewTube.
You can aldso check Stew Leonard's website for more information on locatons and hours or for the weekly specials!
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