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Angelo Tedeschi opens the first Tedeschi retail location in his home in Rockland, Massachusetts selling imported Italian meats and cheeses from his basement. Soon thereafter, Angelo starts peddling his products from the back of a meat wagon. The people of Rockland appreciate the personal service and quality products
they receive from Angelo.
Angelo maintains a steady business in the
throes of the Great Depression. He graciously
extends credit to his customers who are
struggling to make ends meet.
After surviving six months as a Prisoner of War during World War II, Angelo's son Ralph returns
to Rockland with a Bronze Star for his service in
the Army. He opens the first Tedeschi Super Market in Rockland with the help of his brothers Nick, William, and Bob as well as his brother-in-law Charlie Fitzgibbons. Angelo joins the team, operating the store's meat counter with expert skill.
Tedeschi Super Markets expands their Rockland
store and opens a new, even bigger store in
Hanover. Customers enjoy the extra-wide aisles,
express checkout counters, page boy carry-out
services, and the "magic carpet" automatic doors.
Moms in particular love the free babysitting
service provided to let parents shop in peace.
Plymouth-Kingston is the home of the fifth Tedeschi Super Market, the largest market in New England at the time. The market boasts
a snack bar, air conditioning, and a 145-foot refrigerated meat counter.
Brockton's new Tedeschi Super Market is
known nation-wide as one of the best
markets in the country. Innovative features
such as fresh-cut flowers and in-store shoe
and jewelry repair shops complement
Tedeschi's wide assortment of brand name products. The store also offers a luxury
customer lounge and a community function room with a kitchen that is available,
free of charge, to local organizations.
Ralph sells all six Tedeschi Super Markets to Stop
& Shop. Stores retain the Tedeschi name, and
Ralph becomes a vice president at Stop & Shop.
The Tedeschi brothers open the first Angelo's
Supermarket in Holbrook, one of the first
markets to be opened on a suburban site
rather than on busy "Main Street". Offerings include an in-store bakery, gourmet food
department, and a full deli and seafood shop. Angelo's maintains the family practice
of community service, donating financial aid and food to local organizations as much
Angelo's Supermarkets acquires the Curtis
supermarket chain, which includes 6
supermarkets, 3 mini-markets, and 24 Curtis
Compact Food Store locations. All of the super
and mini markets take on the Angelo's name,
making Angelo's Southeastern Massachusetts' largest grocery chain.
The Tedeschi family chooses to focus primarily
on their chain of 53 convenience stores and
sells their supermarket locations. Curtis
Compact stores are re-branded as Tedeschi
Food Shops, bringing the Tedeschi name back
to storefronts and reminding customers that the name is synonymous with quality,
value, and excellent customer service.
Sales throughout the convenience store industry
are sluggish; Tedeschi Food Shops counteracts
this by opening their first food-and-fuel location
in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Tedeschi Food Shops purchases 64 Li'l Peach
convenience stores, expanding the Tedeschi
empire to a total of 134 stores. With this
acquisition, the company becomes involved in
Making another significant purchase, Tedeschi
Food Shops acquires eighty Store24 locations,
expanding Tedeschi's presence into Rhode Island
and Connecticut. The Tedeschi Select brand is
introduced to stores and quickly becomes a top-selling line.
All Store24 and Li'l Peach locations are
rebranded as Tedeschi Food Shops, creating
unity among all stores. Gas pumps in Brockton,
Fall River, and West Bridgewater now bear the
Tedeschi brand as well, letting customers
know that they're getting quality gasoline at a
At 189 locations and growing, Tedeschi Food
Shops is continuing to push the limits of what a
convenience store "should" be. Providing cus-
tomers with fresh food, innovative services, and
community support, as the Tedeschi family has
been since 1923, remains the driving force behind Tedeschi Food Shops.