A supermarket is a self-service grocery story broken down into different departments. These departments offer a wide variety of foods such a meat, dairy, produce, and baked goods as well as household merchandise, pharmacy products, pet supplies, and clothing. Supermarkets appeal to customers because they sell a wide variety of products all in the same place, and these products are generally sold at a fairly low price.
It was on this day, August 4, 1930, that the first U.S. supermarket, called King Kullen, opened in Queens, New York. Michael J. Cullen created the concept of a new type of store that would focus on cash sales, no delivery service, low prices, and lots of parking. He believed the new store would be able to produce 10 times the volume and profits of the average store.
To this day, the King Kullen chain is owned by the Cullen family. There are 45 stores in Long Island, and the company is headquartered in Bethpage, New York. Jack Muratori, a New York City councilman, has even served as a King Kullen executive.