Dean & DeLuca

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Dean & DeLuca
Industry Grocery store
Founded 1977
Founders Joel Dean, Giorgio DeLuca, Jack Ceglic
Headquarters Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Number of locations
42 (November 2014)
Dean & DeLuca in SoHo, New York
Inside view of the store in SoHo

Dean & DeLuca is a chain of upscale grocery stores. The first one was established in New York City's SoHo district by Joel Dean, Giorgio DeLuca and Jack Ceglic[1] in September 1977. It is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. As of 2014, Dean & Deluca is owned by Pace Development, a Thai luxury development company.[2]


Giorgio DeLuca, a school teacher turned cheese merchant, and Joel Dean, a publishing business manager, opened the first Dean & DeLuca in September 1977 in SoHo, an area in lower Manhattan, at the corner of Prince and Greene streets. In October 1988, a new flagship market was opened at the corner of Broadway and Prince Streets.[3] Smaller retail outlets followed in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Plaza and in the Paramount Hotel. Espresso Bars are also located around New York and in Washington, D.C.

Dean & DeLuca currently operates a number of locations, both full markets as well as cafe setups, in New York City, Charlotte, North Carolina, Leawood, Kansas, Wichita, Kansas, Napa Valley, California, Washington D.C., Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Dubai, Kuwait, Philippines and Singapore. Major retail locations often offer catering services within their local area.

Dean & DeLuca uses a license structure in foreign markets. Dean & DeLuca opened its first international location in Tokyo in 2003 with Itochu Dean & Deluca Japan (11 locations, in 2 cities, including MahaNakhon in Bangkok in July 2011 and Orchard Central in Singapore in June 2012). In 2007, they signed their second license with M.H. Alshaya Co. Middle East (4 locations, including a flagship location in Kuwait City in 2009, Villagio Mall in Doha, Qatar in May 2010, and 2 locations in Dubai). In 2010, Dean & DeLuca signed additional license agreements with Pace Development Thailand (3 locations), Shinsagae Korea (2 locations), and Mekassa Turkey.

Popular culture[edit]

  • In the movie Hannibal, Lecter is seen to eat from a Dean & DeLuca travel pack, containing foie gras.[4]
  • The character of Patrick Bateman, in American Psycho, refers to Italian seasoning salt, picked up from Dean & DeLuca.[5]
  • The character Jack played by Nicolas Cage in The Family Man says he misses a cup of coffee from Dean & DeLuca.
  • In the movie The Devil Wears Prada, Adrian Grenier's character brings home Dean & DeLuca bags.
  • In the film, Jungle 2 Jungle, the food for a dinner held with the editor of Elle magazine is is delivered in Dean & DeLuca bags.
  • In the TV show Felicity, several main characters work at a Dean & DeLuca espresso bar in New York City.
  • The Today Show films across the street from Dean & DeLuca in Rockefeller Center in New York City and has been seen many times during some out door segments.


  1. ^ P. Adamson,Sir Martin Sorrell (2007) BrandSimple: How the Best Brands Keep It Simple and Succeed. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1-4039-8490-5 p.209-210.
  2. ^ "Thai Property Developer to Buy Dean & DeLuca for $140 Million". Wall Street Journal. 24 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Thomas Derdak and Jay P. Pederson (2000). International directory of company histories, Volume 36. St. James Press. p.156.
  4. ^ Mikita Brottman (February 2, 2002). "Celluloid Cannibals That Feed Our Darkest Fears". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ Ellis, Bret Easton (1991). American Psycho. p. 147. ISBN 0-671-66397-6. 

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