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Tony’s Fresh Market Celebrates 45th Anniversary

The grand opening for Tony's Fresh Market in Schaumburg, Illinois, which opened in 2023.
The grand opening for Tony's Fresh Market in Schaumburg, Illinois, which opened in 2023.

Heritage Grocers Group has shared that its banner company, Tony’s Fresh Market, is marking its 45th anniversary with a year-long celebration featuring special sales, promotions, employee spotlights and increased philanthropic support.

Tony's Fresh Market's original location on Fullerton Ave. in Chicago.
Tony’s Fresh Market’s original location on Fullerton Ave. in Chicago.

“From our humble beginnings in 1979, Tony’s has steadily grown into a thriving Chicagoland mainstay known for providing the most authentic offerings and freshest products that celebrate life, family and culture,” said CEO Frank Ingraffia. 

“As we embark upon our year-long 45th anniversary celebration, we express our heartfelt gratitude to our loyal customers, our dedicated [employees] and vendor partners who have all contributed to the company’s success and made this remarkable milestone possible.” 

Tony’s launched its anniversary celebration with a special ad highlighting the company’s history, and throwback pricing offering staple items at $.45 cents. 

In addition, Tony’s Charitable Foundation will honor the occasion by starting a scholarship program. 

Each Tony’s store location will award one $3,000 scholarship to a student who demonstrates academic excellence, financial need, leadership attributes and a commitment to serving their community. In total, $63,000 in scholarship funds from Tony’s 21 store locations will be awarded for the 2024-25 academic year. 

Tony Ingraffia and Domenico Gambino
Tony Ingraffia and Domenico Gambino

About Tony’s Fresh Market

Founded by two Italian immigrants, Tony Ingraffia and Domenico Gambino, Tony’s traces its beginnings back to 1979 as the first family-owned and operated grocery chain in Chicago. It operates its stores under its parent company, Heritage Grocers Group. 

About Heritage Grocers Group

Ontario, California-based Heritage Grocers Group is a specialty, ethnic food retailer that offers an assortment of traditional and specialty grocery items. 

The company operates in California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas and Illinois. In addition to Tony’s, it has 57 stores under the Cardenas Markets banner, 29 El  Rancho Supermercado stores, and seven Los Altos Ranch Markets.

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