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Third-generation grocer joins ShopRite of Hunterdon


ShopRite of Hunterdon County, the family-owned company that operates five ShopRite stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, announced that Sam Colalillo has joined the business.

Sam, a third-generation grocer, will work with his father and president of ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Joe Colalillo, and the retail teams at the family’s ShopRite stores located in Flemington, Greenwich and Clinton, N.J., and Yardley and Bethlehem, Pa.

“We are very excited to have Sam join us in the family business,” said Joe. “Sam is a next generation leader who is passionate about growing the business in new and innovative ways to make our stores the best they can be – for our associates and customers.”

Joe Colalillo’s father and Sam’s grandfather, Joseph A. Colalillo, founded the family’s grocery business 65 years ago. Today, ShopRite of Hunterdon County employs more than 1,300 associates across its stores. Joe Colalillo also has served for 18 years as chairman of Wakefern Food Corp., the retailer-owned distribution and merchandising arm for all ShopRite stores.

Like his father, Sam spent time in his family’s ShopRite stores growing up, and he worked there during school breaks.

Before returning to his family’s business, Sam served as global vice president of Embedded and Retail Analytics at NielsenIQ, creating products to help retailers and manufacturers in the food industry use scalable analytics to improve their business.

Sam said he is “thrilled to return to the business to work and train with my dad.”

“...I look forward to getting to know our store teams and customers. ShopRite of Hunterdon County has a long commitment to the communities where our stores operate, and I want to help carry on that tradition with my parents.”

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