Kroger buys Murray's Cheese, gets New York's iconic cheese shopStaff Writer | February 7, 2017
The Kroger Co. has purchased the equity of Murray's Cheese, as well as its flagship location on Bleecker Street in New York City, to form a merger of the two companies.
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Since the two companies formed a unique partnership in 2008, Murray's has offered the same fine foods and cheese expertise to the Kroger family of stores.
In December 2016, Kroger and Murray's Cheese opened their 350th store location in Bloomington, In. At the time, Kaufelt said: "This is an exciting milestone for Murray's and the specialty cheese industry. In 2008, we pioneered a store-within-a-store concept at a handful of Kroger stores.
"Between 2008 and 2012, we opened 38 stores, and in 2016 we opened nearly 100. This partnership has exceeded our wildest expectations."
Murray's staff has trained thousands of Cheese Mongers and Certified Cheese Professionals through its relationship with Kroger. Between the two companies, the American Cheese Society named as Certified Cheese Professionals 29 team members in 2016, 20 in 2015, and 13 in 2014. ■