Ravitz Family Markets operates six supermarkets with 1,000 employees in Camden and Burlington Counties
Not only does Ravitz Family Markets operate six supermarkets (Shop Rite and Price Rite) with more than 1,000 employees in Camden and Burlington Counties, but Supermarkets of Cherry Hill, Inc. supports many local organizations and families through the charitable Ravitz Family Foundation.
In addition, the company, which was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Independents Award from Progressive Grocer, supports ShopRite Partners In Caring, ShopRite’s year-round, hunger-fighting initiative, which has raised more than $38 million since 1999.
Founded in 1968 by Stanley Ravitz, the organization has been recognized with the 2014 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Economic Development by the Burlington, Camden and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders; as the 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grocer, Corporate & Facility Winner for New Jersey; as the 2014 Retail Supermarket Dietitian of the Year by Produce for Better Health Foundation for Ashley Cully, MS, RD; and with the 2015 Appreciation Award from the Housing Authority of the City of Camden's Youth Build Program.
For all of these achievements, Ravitz family Markets is the winner of SNJ Business People’s Impact Award for this month.
“We are honored to accept this award on behalf of all of our associates and loyal customers who make South Jersey a wonderful community to live and work in. We are a proud third generation, family-owned South Jersey business and will continue to work to make a difference in the communities that we serve,” says Jason Ravitz, Vice President of Retail Operations.
“Our ShopRite stores are full service supermarkets that not only offer a variety of products and services such as from-scratch bakeries; on premise butchers; catering and freshly prepared foods; pharmacy and even banking, but also a commitment to the communities where our stores are located.
“Our supermarket registered dietitian works with customers and associates to help plan menus and make healthy food choices. The dietitian services we offer our customers are free of charge and part of ShopRite’s commitment to health and wellness,” explains Ravitz. “And we have the second high speed check out operating in the U.S. and the only one available on the East Coast at our ShopRite of Marlton!” he adds proudly.
“The whole idea behind our organization is OUR PURPOSE, “To care deeply about people, helping them to eat well and be happy. We measure success by the number of lives and families we are able to impact through the jobs our stores offer; the products our stores provide, or the community programs we support.” says Ravitz.
He also notes that the organization is proud of its staff and their longevity with the company. “We have many associates who have more than 20, 30 and even 40 years of service with us, including: 85 associates with more than 20 years; 12 associates with 30+ years, and eight associates with 40+ years of service to Supermarkets of Cherry Hill.
“And six out of eight of our executives, and 22 out of 25 associates in management, started as clerks in our stores,” Ravitz adds.
The company’s goal yet to be achieved is growing the organization to transition to the next generation of family ownership and stewardship.
As for competition, Ravitz says that “Our fiercest competitors are our fellow ShopRite members who operate within our regional market. We are all members of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the U.S., and the cooperative spirit we share as members of the coop helps all of us to grow and be successful. Wakefern Food Corp. drives each and every one of us to operate at the highest standards. We are a group of entrepreneurs who support each other and share best practices.”
When asked to identify the accomplishment of which the organization is most proud, Ravitz replies, “We are most proud of the work of our associates and our philanthropic Ravitz Family Foundation. The foundation, for example, has teamed in the past with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey (Camden County) to send a local boy suffering from Neuroblastoma to Disney World. Associates at our stores worked to collect nearly $18,000 on behalf of the family. And last year, our associates helped create a rain garden next to our new Price Rite store in Camden.
“Those are just two of the many examples of how our organization helps impact the lives of others.”
PS: If you want to know the chain’s biggest selling item, it’s bananas!
Pictured: The Ravitz family - Ron, Shawn, Steve, Brett & Jason