Wilmington, DE (June 22, 2012) – Delaware Supermarkets, Inc. (DSI) announced today that Christopher L. Kenny, chief operating officer, will assume the role of president and chief executive of the company, effective immediately. Former president and DSI founder Bernard F. Kenny, Jr. will remain chairman of the board as his son transitions into his new role. Christopher L. Kenny is also a member of the DSI Board of Directors.

Since founding DSI in 1995, Bernard Kenny has built a strong foundation of customer service and unwavering commitment to the Delaware communities served by his five ShopRite stores.

Bernard is confident in choosing his son Christopher as his successor. “We started this business with just two stores in 1995. Since that time, Chris has worked very closely with me and with DSI management to increase sales three times over, open an additional three stores in the great state of Delaware and has developed the leadership skills necessary to fill this new role. I have every confidence in his ability to continue to lead our family business into an increasingly successful future.”

“I am very proud to take up the reins so skillfully held by my mentor, teacher and father, Bernard Kenny,” said Christopher L. Kenny. “He has created a legacy for our family, our stores and our community that I am so honored to be a part of. I look forward to his continue guidance and support as we move toward this new phase of our family’s history.”

Delaware Supermarkets, Inc. is a member of Wakefern Food Corp., the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative whose 47 members own and operate their own supermarkets under the ShopRite banner. Three generations of the Kenny family are actively engaged in their five stores’ day-to-day operations, living and working in the communities they serve.


About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 230 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $27 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $24 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit

About Wakefern Food Corp.

From a small, struggling cooperative with eight members – all owners of their own grocery stores – Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative is comprised of 47 members who today individually own and operate nearly 250 supermarkets under the ShopRite banner in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. In 1996, Wakefern introduced PriceRite stores, extending the company’s reach into Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Today, there are 49 PriceRite stores in six states. As the merchandising and distribution arm of both ShopRite and PriceRite, Wakefern, together with its member companies, employ more than 50,000 people; making it one of the largest employers in New Jersey. In addition, Wakefern also distributes products to other supermarkets throughout the northeastern United States and Bermuda. Wakefern was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in NJ by NJBIZ Magazine. In 2011, Supermarket News gave Wakefern its Retail Excellence Award and The Griffin Report named Wakefern its Retailer of the Year. For more information, please visit