Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger Co. has announced the opening of the 1,000th Murray’s Cheese shop in its banner stores, bringing the shops to more than 30 states across the U.S.
In 2008, Murray’s began opening cheese counters in Kroger stores to expand beyond its flagship Greenwich Village store in New York City. Each shop offers a curated cheese selection along with a guided shopping experience from an expert cheesemonger.
“We are thrilled that customer favorite Murray’s continues to grow its presence in our stores, as food lovers enjoy discovering their enormous selection of cheeses and specialty foods,” said Dan De La Rosa, group VP of fresh merchandising at Kroger.
“This holiday season, our customers are looking to create memories rooted in family traditions, recipes and seasonal moments – with curated and award-winning products, expert cheesemongers and exclusive products, our growing number of Murray’s shops are ready to help shoppers make the most of the season.”
Each Murray’s shop carries more than 150 cheeses, as well as charcuterie, olives, crackers and specialty food items from around the world. Cheesemongers (employees) have completed Murray’s signature Red Jacket Training program, learning about the hand-picked products to educate customers about the cheeses, best pairings and ways to cook with the ingredients at home.
This holiday season, Murray’s is offering entertaining and gift options from truffle cheeses and spirits-infused cheeses to artisan chocolates and Iberico ham. The cheesemongers also prepare baked bries and cheese boards in stores every day.
“We are exceptionally proud of our team’s passion for sharing their love and knowledge of cheese with customers from coast to coast,” said Nick Tranchina, president of Murray’s Cheese.
“We are very excited by our 1,000th store. Like Kroger, Murray’s is committed to bringing wonderful food to our stores and customers, and making the holidays even more delicious this year.”
The Murray’s Cave Aged cheese line is available for purchase on murrayscheese.com, along with gifts and cheese of the month clubs.