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Type Subsidiary of the Red Apple Group
Industry Retail
Founded 1888
42nd Street & Second Ave.
Headquarters New York City
Area served Manhattan
Westchester County, New York
Key people Diedrich & Charles Gristede (founders)
John Catsimatidis, CEO
Products Supermarket
Parent Red Apple Group

Gristedes is a New York City-based chain of small supermarkets. It serves a mostly urban customer base.


The first Gristedes [grih-STEE-deez] was founded by brothers Diedrich (Dick) and Charles Gristede in 1891, after having emigrated in 1888.[1]

The company was sold to the Southland Corporation (best known for 7-Eleven) in 1969. In 1986, Gristedes was acquired by John Catsimatidis' Red Apple Group from Southland. At one time the company had stores throughout New York City, as well as in Westchester County and Connecticut.


A typical Gristedes location in Manhattan.

Most Gristedes are in the borough of Manhattan, including Roosevelt Island. There are two elsewhere: Brooklyn, and Scarsdale, New York.

At one time, there was a Gristedes in the hamlet of Somers, New York; it was the farthest-north store in the chain. There was also a store in Tenafly New Jersey that closed in the 1980s. It was replaced by a CVS Pharmacy. On Long Island, a Gristedes in Southampton closed in the late 1980s. Port Jefferson had one until the mid-1980s; Locust Valley had one until the new owner in its shopping plaza closed it in 2008.


  1. ^ "Gristede's Foods Inc. History". Funding Universe. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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