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.


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.[2] 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 1990s, the name was borrowed for a fictional New York City coffee shop in the TV series Felicity.
  • In the movie Hannibal, Lecter is seen to eat from a Dean & DeLuca travel pack, containing foie gras.[3]
  • The character of Patrick Bateman, in American Psycho, refers to Italian seasoning salt, picked up from Dean & DeLuca.[4]
  • In the movie Pecker, two young New York women throw themselves at the chronic shoplifter featured in Pecker's first photography exhibition at a New York gallery: apparently "turned on" by the prospect of shoplifting with him in the city, one of the women says, "Wouldn't they just die at Dean & DeLuca's?"
  • Dean & DeLuca is mentioned in the top-selling novel, The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The band Steely Dan "name-checks" Dean & DeLuca in their song "Janie Runaway", from the album Two Against Nature.
  • In the popular sitcom Will and Grace, Will Truman regularly visits "Dean & DeLuca".
  • In the popular sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" in the 6th season, episode 4, Dean & DeLuca can be seen.
  • In the movie The Family Man, Jack Campbell recalls walking to work every morning with a coffee from Dean & DeLuca in his hand.
  • In the Woody Allen movie "Manhattan," Isaac Davis (Allen) and schoolgirl Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) go shopping in the original Prince & Greene St. store.
  • In the movie "Basquiat," David Bowie (Warhol) and Jeffrey Wright (Basquiat) purchase caviar.
  • In the movie "28 Days," the entrance to Sandra Bullock's apartment is next door to the loading dock of D&D. Final scene with horse is shot on Prince St. outside the store.
  • In the movie The Devil Wears Prada, Nate stops at Dean & DeLuca before returning home and tells Andy "man, they charge, like, five dollars a strawberry there."
  • In the TV Series Bored to Death, Richard Antrem leaves Jonathan a sandwich from Dean & DeLuca for his stakeout of Richard's wife. Richard leaves a note on it saying, "I made this for you myself".
  • In the movie Julie & Julia, on the twenty-second day of her year-long expedition through Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julie gets "carried away" in Dean & DeLuca, where she spends half of her take-home pay on groceries.
  • In the TV show Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf is often seen carrying a cup of coffee from Dean and DeLuca while sitting at The Met steps.
  • In the movie "Get Him to the Greek," Dean & DeLuca is in the background during Aldous Snow's performance on the Today Show.
  • In the movie "The Night We Never Met", Matthew Broderick's character 'Sam' works at Dean & DeLuca, and a 'DEAN & DELUCA' sticker is on Sam's scooter.
  • in the TV show The Venture Bros, on the episode All This and Gargantua-2, character #24 says "This is some high class schwag. What did the squatters go dumpster diving at Dean & DeLuca?"


  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. ^ Thomas Derdak and Jay P. Pederson (2000). International directory of company histories, Volume 36. St. James Press. p.156.
  3. ^ Mikita Brottman (February 2, 2002). "Celluloid Cannibals That Feed Our Darkest Fears". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  4. ^ Ellis, Bret Easton (1991). American Psycho. p. 147. ISBN 0-671-66397-6. 

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