Michael J. Cullen

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Michael J. Cullen was born in Newark, New Jersey back in 1884 to Irish immigrants. He worked for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in 1902 for 17 years. In 1919, he worked for Kroger Stores until 1930. He quit moving his family to Long Island to launch his own store, and that is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it.

He leased a vacant garage in Queens in 1930 he opened the doors to King Kullen Grocery Company. The store carried a variety of items, automotive accessories, hardware and of course groceries. His success was rapid, the chain expanded even surviving the Great Depression. By 1936, there were 17 King Kullen markets with a profit of $6,000,000.00 annually. He died in 1936 while in surgery for an appendix operation.

What you may not know about Michael is that is he recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as the inventor of the modern supermarket. King Kullen is now the 72nd largest supermarket chain in the United States. Now, that is the American spirit, alive and well.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I have my grocery shopping down to a 20 minute visit.... I could break records on food selections...I only shop on the perimeter of any grocery store....

Aug 15, 2019 02:58 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Another example of success when you embrace the American dream.

Aug 15, 2019 04:29 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Almost went to work for Kroger a long time ago.

It seems once that business is in your blood it never goes away.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 15, 2019 04:34 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - I have heard of Kroger but previously never heard of King Kullen.  It's rather scary to think of an appendicitis as life threatening.  The medical field has made so much progress in many ways. 

Aug 15, 2019 05:04 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a fun post for me to read, James. I grew up with A&P and King Kullen, so I know both chains well. In fact, when I retired from the corporate world in 1989, I retired from A&P as the Vice President/Treasurer of the company. Having spent 10 of my almost 20 years in the corporate world in grocery retailing, I'm also very familiar with Kroger... now more so than ever, as our local Harris Teeter chain is owned by Kroger.

Aug 15, 2019 05:07 AM #5
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I grew up with A&P stores. I go to a local owned grocery small chain near my home, with a real butcher shop in the back. Never had meat as good as this! So I guess I'm going back to the future!

Aug 15, 2019 05:50 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He certainly had the right idea. But, I still dislike grocery shopping. Enjoy your day!

Aug 15, 2019 06:04 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an incredible story. Thank you for sharing.

Aug 15, 2019 06:47 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have to apologize that I didn't know that supermarkets were actually invented. I kind of thought they just evolved from smaller stores but after reading your post I can see Michael Cullen had a lot to do with it, James Dray 

Aug 15, 2019 06:51 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I was at the grocery store yesterday and I took my own bag, the cashier said to me "you put the bananas on the bottom", you would not get hired by Instacart.  Not even sure what Instacart is, but it doesn't sound like a position I would apply for anyways, haha.

Aug 15, 2019 07:38 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had not heard of this supermarket.  What an interesting story, and I had heard of the others you mentioned.  A

Aug 15, 2019 09:43 AM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A bigger box for the old fashion general store James Dray .

Aug 15, 2019 10:43 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- like others, I am familiar with Krogers but not with King Kullen!!!

Aug 15, 2019 10:50 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - When I live in Long Island I used to shop at King Kullen.

Aug 15, 2019 12:24 PM #14
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


Thank you for sharing this story. I did not know about this man, nor King Kullen supermarket stores.

Aug 15, 2019 01:41 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

HI James,  Thanks for sharing this interesting story.  It's interesting to see the variety of supermarkets across the land.  Yet, they all have this same concept.

Aug 15, 2019 06:21 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He needs to be side by side with Syl Goldman from Oklahoma City who invented the shopping cart, Look it up.

Aug 15, 2019 06:31 PM #17
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - The first thing I thought of was the courage to continue to grow and grow.  I have never heard of King Cullen coming from the West Coast. 

Aug 15, 2019 07:47 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I'm certainly familiar with Kroger, but have never heard of King Kullen. It's interesting to see how supermarkets have evolved over the years.


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