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Reader Photo: Inserra Supermarkets Celebrates 58 Years

Supermarket chain honors 408 employees

The above photo and following press release were sent by representatives of Inserra Supermarkets:

Inserra Supermarkets, one of the largest supermarket chains in the metropolitan area, is celebrating 58 years of service by honoring 408 associates for their combined 5,335 years of distinguished service. The honorees were recently recognized for their milestone years-of-service anniversaries, ranging from five to 50 years at a reception held at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel.

“These very special individuals inspire all of us at Inserra Supermarkets to carry on the legacy of our founder — my grandfather — Patsy Inserra, each and every day,” said Lawrence Inserra, Jr., president and CEO of the Mahwah-based company. “Even though the supermarket business is much different than it was when we opened our first store in Lyndhurst almost six decades ago, our associates continue to make the communities in which our stores are located a better place to shop, work and live." 

Among this year’s honorees were William “Billy” Gordon of Pompton Lakes and Henry “Hank” Garofalo of Lyndhurst, both of whom marked 50 years with the company. Gordon, a former meat department manager in Lyndhurst and Ramsey who now conducts technology-related in-service programs at all of Inserra’s stores, and Garofalo, a former produce manager in Lyndhurst who is the receiving manager in Hackensack, have forged a lifelong friendship. 

“I have been fortunate enough to be part of this family-oriented company for all of these years and have made good friends who are as close to me as my own family members,” said Garofalo, who also met his wife of 43 years, Jean, at the former Hasbrouck Heights store. She now works at the Lodi store.

“I was at Hank’s wedding and we have shared many, many things over the years,” added Gordon. “Friendship and family – from the stock people to the managers — is what working at Inserra Supermarkets is all about. This philosophy has been passed down through the generations by the Inserra family and is something you just don’t see anymore.”    

This year’s 40-year anniversary honorees also included Dana J. Campbell of Hillburn; Robert Chudzik of Lodi; James Dombrowski of North Arlington; Lawrence Horowitz of Hewitt; Edward Kempf, Jr. of Englewood; Marilyn Minarovich of Wood-Ridge; Robert Padluck of Washingtonville; and Mark D. Walker of Ramsey.

The 35th anniversary celebrants were Thomas G. Bossard of Hewitt; Judith Collins of New Milford; Joanne Dloughy of Spring Valley; Douglas Henderson of Kinnelon; Laurene A. Maggio of Franklin; and Gail Pellot of North Arlington.

The company also recognized 391 associates who achieved 30-, 25-, 20-, 15-, 10- and 5-year milestones. Inserra Supermarkets is one of the region’s largest employers, providing full- and part-time positions to more than 4,000 associates who reside throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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