McCaffrey's

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McCaffrey's Food Markets
Privately Held
IndustryRetail
Founded1980; 42 years ago (1980)
Area served
Northeastern United States
Products
  • Prepared Foods
  • Catering
  • Gourmet Cheeses
  • Meat/Bakery/Produce
Websitemccaffreys.com

McCaffrey's Food Markets is a regional chain of supermarkets located in the Northeastern United States. Originally founded in Northeast Philadelphia in 1980, McCaffrey's is a family-owned business that operates locations in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and Mercer County, New Jersey.[1]

History

Beginning

Jim McCaffrey III started working at grocery stores as a college student. In 1980, McCaffrey opened his first business, a deli located in Northeast, Philadelphia. Along with his son Jim McCaffrey IV, McCaffrey III opened McCaffrey's Food Market in Yardley, Pennsylvania in 1986. The expanded grocery store featured produce, dairy, and deli sections alongside a wide selection of retail food items.

In 1992, McCaffrey's expanded with a new location in Princeton, NJ.

In 1996, McCaffrey's expanded with a new location in West Windsor, New Jersey.

On July 15, 2012, McCaffrey's opened a Newtown, Pennsylvania location in the former site of a Genuardi's supermarket.[2]

On April 21, 2016, McCaffrey's opened a new, smaller 13,000 square foot gourmet market concept called Simply Fresh in Doylestown, Pennsylvania at the site of a former Ford Motor Company car dealership.[3]

On July 22, 2016, McCaffrey's opened a 50,000 square foot supermarket in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania featuring a beer garden and gourmet prepared food stations.[4]

On January 9, 2020, McCaffrey's expanded with a new location in New Hope, Pennsylvania.[5]

McCaffrey's Fire of 2004

On February 29, 2004 customers of the McCaffrey's supermarket in Yardley, Pennsylvania noticed flames coming from bushes and leaves adjacent to the building's southern wall. Two on-duty police officers from the Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Police Department spotted smoke at approximately 4:12pm and contacted the local fire dispatch. Officers Glen Hamilton and Jason Braim entered the store and helped to evacuate the nearly 200 customers and employees inside. Reports claim that it took nearly 35 minutes for the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company, which is located directly across the street from the Edgewood Village Shopping Center, to arrive on scene and another 17 minutes before they began pumping water. The fire was contained around 5pm, but left the building and roof severely damaged.[6]

Soon after the fire, McCaffrey's erected a 10,000 square-foot tent in the parking lot of the Edgewood Village Shopping Center. Equipped with electricity, refrigeration, and plumbing, the makeshift store featured a full-service deli, prepared foods, in-store bakery and meat departments as well as a limited selection of grocery items.[7]

Retirement of Murray Davidson

Murray Davidson, a longtime associate of the original McCaffrey's location in Yardley, PA announced his retirement after 22 years in September, 2020.[8]

References

  1. "Jim McCaffrey Celebrates 40 Years in Business". Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. September 2016.
  2. "McCaffrey's opens Newtown supermarket". Philadelphia Business Journal. September 2012.
  3. "Simply Fresh by McCaffrey's market opens in Doylestown". The Intelligencer. April 2016.
  4. "McCaffrey's readies 2 new stores in Pennsylvania". Supermarket News. February 2016.
  5. "McCaffrey's Food Markets Announces Grand Opening Of New Hope Store". New Hope Free Press. January 2020.
  6. "Bucks supermarket ravaged by ferocious fire". The Trentonian. February 2004.
  7. "McCaffrey's Tent Store Thrives After Fire". Supermarket News. August 2004.
  8. "Murray Davidson Retiring". Yardley Voice. September 2020.

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