ShopRite of Parsippany and ShopRite of West Caldwell appoints grocery guru to oversee operations

Mike Jacob named vice president of operations for Sunrise ShopRite

Sunrise ShopRite, the family-owned company that operates the ShopRite of Parsippany and ShopRite of West Caldwell, has appointed Mike Jacob as vice president of operations, according to a Monday announcement.

Jacob, a Pennsylvania resident with more than three decades in the grocery business, will oversee operations for both supermarkets and the company’s freestanding liquor stores.

“I am thrilled that Mike is joining Sunrise ShopRite as a key member of our leadership team. His commitment to community and associates is in keeping with our traditions. We look forward to working with Mike to provide the best possible shopping experiences at our stores,” Dara Sblendorio, president of Sunrise ShopRite stated.

Prior to joining Sunrise, Jacob worked as a special projects manager at Keasbey-based Wakefern Food Corp. He also worked in the past as a ShopRite store director overseeing hundreds of associates and operations for a top performing ShopRite location.

Jacob joins a company with an 82-year history and long commitment to community. Sblendorio’s great-grandfather opened Sunrise Market in 1940 in Caldwell. Her family joined the Wakefern cooperative in 1951 and later opened their ShopRite stores. Ned Gladstein, Sblendorio’s father, was named president in 1982 and today serves as advisor and chief financial officer. Sblendorio became president in 2017 and her husband, Frank Sblendorio, is manager of the ShopRite of Parsippany.

“It really is a family operation, and we welcome Mike to our family,” Sblendorio added. “Mike’s knowledge and experience will be important as we continue to build our strong team culture, elevate our shopping experiences and grow our business.”