Laneco

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For the moth genus, see Laneco (moth).
Laneco
Former type Retail
Fate Liquidation
Founded 1946
Defunct 2001
Key people Raymond A. Bartolacci Sr.
Products Grocery
Website None

Laneco was a supermarket chain operating in eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. At one time it operated four types of stores. The older stores were called Food Lane, which were former Food Fair stores with the least square footage and only carried food products. There were also Laneco's and Laneco SuperCenters these stores were much larger than Food Lanes and offered general merchandise. Sam Walton actually worked with Raymond A. Bartolacci Sr. to develop the Wal-Mart Supercenter. Laneco also operated CR Pharmacies which were often located in Laneco Supercenters.

History[edit]

Laneco was founded by Raymond A. Bartolacci Sr. in 1946. The first store opened as Paramount Foods in Easton, Pennsylvania,[1] and completed its first day of business with a total of less than $20 in sales.[2] The stores were acquired by Supervalu in October 1992,[3] and were closed by them in 2001.[4][5] The stores were scaled down for the last several years until they were closed. The stores operated with a union and several thousand employees were laid off at the closure of the stores. Laneco had around 16 stores at the time of closure. Many stores were purchased by and converted to Giant such as the Lehighton, PA location, while Redner's picked up a few locations, and a few still remain vacant today. The Clinton and Whitehouse stores in New Jersey are now Wal-Mart stores and the Laneco in Phillipsburg has become a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The Hometown, PA Laneco would become a TJ Bart's location before eventually closing and the lot being used to build a Wal-Mart. Giant refused to hire any of the ex-Laneco workers because they were members of a union.[6]

Products[edit]

Laneco carried a store brand of many grocery products called Why Pay More. The logo for Why Pay More items was a woman rifling through a wallet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Savidge, Mariella (February 2, 1997). "Laneco's 'Visionary' Founders Laid Foundation For Super Stores (Pg. 4)". The Morning Call. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Savidge, Mariella (February 2, 1997). "Laneco's 'Visionary' Founders Laid Foundation For Super Stores". The Morning Call. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Savidge, Mariella (February 2, 1997). "Laneco's 'Visionary' Founders Laid Foundation For Super Stores (Pg. 3)". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "History may repeat with Laneco". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). June 11, 2001. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Say a Prayer and Thank Loyal Laneco Employees". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). June 3, 2001. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ Savidge, Mariella (February 2, 1997). "Laneco's 'Visionary' Founders Laid Foundation For Super Stores (Pg. 2)". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). Retrieved March 9, 2011. 

Laneco Food Lane Supermarkets at web.archive.org