Our History

Food Means Family


For the Cingari’s, food means family. From fishing trips in Long Island Sound to weekly Sunday dinners, food is what brought everyone together. In 1929, food became the family business. Using the savings he had, Salvatore Cingari purchased an old school bus, loaded it with fresh produce and pasta, and drove to the outskirts of town to get food to people who had no easy way to travel into town.

In 1943, Salvatore opened a small retail space in Stamford, CT. He named it Grade A Market — “because ‘Grade A’ is the only quality we will sell” — and his sons Dominick, Rocky, and Sam joined the business shortly after.

In 1960, the sons purchased and old ice cream factory across the street from their small market. They converted the factory to open a 4,400 square-foot Grade A Supermarket later that year.

Over the next several decades, the Cingari Family opened additional locations and expanded stores. In 1991, we joined the ShopRite family – the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States – to bring a wider variety of quality and affordable products to our stores.


Nearly 100 years since he bought the original school bus, Salvatore’s children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren own and operate 12 Cingari Family ShopRite locations throughout Connecticut.

The Cingari family is always looking to deliver what their customers want. The latest innovation? An in-house team of chefs are bringing fresh, restaurant-quality foods, meal kits, and more, exclusively to Cingari Family ShopRites, under the new “Grade Above, a Cingari Family Brand” label.

As a family-owned operation, Cingari Family ShopRite is not only committed to delivering fresh, delicious food at an affordable price, but also bettering the communities they serve. From fighting against hunger to supporting local schools, scholarship programs, and cultural institutions, the Cingari family’s dedication to their communities is steadfast.