ShopRite of Kearny to be acquired by Kearny supermarket firm

Longtime operators of Kearny store retire; tradition of customer service to continue under new ownership

Nutley Park Shop-Rite Inc. announced its planned acquisition of the assets of Kearny ShopRite from the Tully family. The planned sale of the Kearny store, along with Tully ShopRite Liquors, to new owners comes as longtime operator Richard Tully retires from the supermarket business.

Richard Tully’s father, John Tully, opened his first market in Kearny in 1938 and joined the retailer-owned Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative in 1948, just two years after it was formed.

Tully was one of the earliest members of Wakefern and the first to put the name ShopRite on his store. As a result, the ShopRite name has been part of the Kearny community for nearly 75 years and, today, the store is located at 100 Passaic Ave.

Richard Tully grew up in the business and joined his father in running the supermarket in 1971. Tully’s wife, Cheryl Tully, later joined him in the business and the two have operated the family store and served the community for more than 50 years.

“ShopRite of Kearny and the Tully family have been dedicated to customer and community service for decades, and we are proud to continue those traditions as we welcome their store and associates into our family of supermarkets,” Carol LoCurcio, owner of Nutley Park Shop-Rite, which operates the ShopRites of Belleville and Nutley, said. “We wish Richard the best in his well-deserved retirement. We look forward to building on the legacy of service the Tully family has established in Kearny.”

“We are proud that our family has served the Kearny community for more than seven decades and grateful for all the friendships we’ve made along the way. We thank our loyal customers and our dedicated associates. We know the store is in good hands with Nutley Park ShopRite Inc. and the LoCurcio family at the helm,” Richard Tully said.

“Although this chapter is ending for me as I retire, my connection to the community will remain,” added Tully, who has provided support over the years to local schools, churches and police and fire departments.