MAYOR BOLLWAGE CUTS RIBBON ON NEW 524,000 SQUARE-FOOT WAKEFERN WAREHOUSE FACILITY

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE CUTS RIBBON ON NEW 524,000 SQUARE-FOOT WAKEFERN WAREHOUSE FACILITY
 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ— April 17, 2014 - Earlier this afternoon, Mayor J. Christian joined Wakefern Chairman and CEO Joseph Colalillo, Wakefern President and COO Joe Sheridan, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Senator Raymond Lesniak, Elberon Development Co.’s Chairman and CEO Anne Evans Estabrook and President Dave Gibbons at the grand opening of the new Wakefern facility. 
 
“For over fifty years, Wakefern and Elberon have been dedicated partners with the City of Elizabeth,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “This wonderful expansion is a great addition to our business community, as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to create jobs and provide important resources for our residents. I wish them continued success in our City.”
 
This 542,000 square-foot, temperature-controlled facility replaces the former Wakefern grocery warehouse built in the 1950s, and increases storage capabilities by more than fifty-eight percent. In addition, this new building features 36-foot high ceilings, which helps to increase the storage space drastically. With a current total of 345 associates, the facility will bring a projected 150 additional permanent jobs to the City of Elizabeth over a ten year period.
 
From a small, struggling cooperative with eight members – all owners of their own grocery stores – Wakefern Food Corporation has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States.  It was founded in 1946 and is now comprised of 50 members, who individually own and operate more than 250 supermarkets in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Wakefern, together with its member companies, employ more than 70,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in New Jersey
 
Elberon Development Co. is a family-owned real estate holding company. Its original founder, David O. Evans, who was born in Elizabeth, began this business over fifty years ago. Today, Anne Evans Estabrook and her son Dave Gibbons, continue to run this successful business and own approximately 2 million square feet of space in Elizabeth.
 
“It is great to work with an organization that can transform an existing building into a new state-of-the-art structure,” said Carlos Torres, Councilman of the First Ward. “With this extraordinary expansion, space has been able to be utilized more efficiently and effectively in order to continue meeting distribution needs and further support overall operations. This project continues to create opportunities for the City of Elizabeth and increase services for all."