Charles Gallagher joined the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative in the fall of 2012. His family business, Gallagher Family Markets, owns and operates the ShopRite of Selden, New York.Charles Gallagher joined the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative in the fall of 2012. His family business, Gallagher Family Markets, owns and operates the ShopRite of Selden, New York.
A 40-year supermarket industry veteran, Mr. Gallagher began his career as a teenager, collecting carts at New Jersey-based Eickhoff Supermarkets, a family-owned business that operates stores in Southern New Jersey. After graduating from St Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Marketing, Mr. Gallagher joined the Kroger Co., serving in various retail management positions in Texas, Louisiana and California. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California Food Industry Management Program.
Mr. Gallagher joined former Wakefern member Big V Supermarkets in 1993 where he served in various operations and merchandising positions with responsibility for supermarket locations throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. In 1998, the Eickhoff family joined Wakefern and Mr. Gallagher returned to Eickhoff , where he served as general manager for several years.
With the opening of the ShopRite of Selden, Mr. Gallagher becomes a Wakefern member himself. Having recently relocated to the area, Mr. Gallagher looks forward to contributing to the strong sense of community in Selden. A longtime supporter of initiatives to end hunger and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, he has also worked to raise funds for and volunteered his time toward youth athletics and scholarship programs.
Joining Mr. Gallagher in this business venture are his wife, Judy, and their children, as well as his brothers William Gallagher, who will serve as store manager and James Gallagher, who will oversee the initial training of new associates. Collectively, the Gallagher family brings more than 100 years of supermarket industry experience to the business.