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Stew Leonard’s Expands In New Jersey, Unveiling 80,000-Square-Foot Store

September 18, 2019

Stew Leonard’s, the northeastern specialty grocer with sales of more than $400 million, is opening a new location in New Jersey today, complete with a full wine, spirits, and beer department. The 80,000-square-foot store, situated in the Paramus Park mall in Paramus, features a prominently positioned beverage alcohol department, measuring nearly 6,000 square feet. With the opening of the store, the nearby freestanding Stew Leonard’s Wine & Spirits has closed.

Stew Leonard, Jr., president and CEO of the grocery chain, tells Shanken News Daily that while no more new stores are currently planned, the Paramus location could serve as a model in New Jersey down the road. “I think it’s what customers want,” says Leonard, who was named Market Watch magazine’s Retailer of the Year in 2017.

Stew Leonard’s Wine & Spirits is now comprised of eight locations—three in Connecticut, three in New York and two in New Jersey—all independently owned and operated. Combined annual sales are in excess of $100 million.

The new store offers more than 1,200 wines, 800 spirits, and 500 beers. Highlights of the department include certified wine specialists; a host of premium wine brands; private-label “Hidden Gem” wines, such as the non-vintage Santa Giada Pinot Noir ($13); and a walk-in beer cooler. Food and wine pairing events are planned.—Terri Allan

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