Longtime owner of Connecticut ShopRite stores dies

Longtime owner of Connecticut ShopRite stores dies

Rocco Cingari, who led Grade A Market for nearly 40 years, died June 3 at the age of 89.

Grade A Market owns 11 ShopRite stores in Connecticut, and Cingari — also known as Rocky — served as president and CEO of the company for nearly four decades, until his nephew Tom Cingari Sr. succeeded him in those roles in January, according to a news release.

Cingari’s father Salvatore, an Italian immigrant, founded the business in Stamford in 1943. The company joined the Wakefern cooperative in 1991.

Rocco Cingari served on Wakefern’s board of directors and — trained as a master butcher — he also served on Wakefern’s meat committee.

“Rocky cared deeply about his family, his associates and the community,” Wakefern president and chief operating officer Joe Sheridan said in the release. “He had that passionate spirit that defines an entrepreneurial family business and Wakefern. He will be missed.”

Cingari is survived by his daughters Susan and Karen; his former wife Christine; his brother Salvatore Jr.; his companion Marthalou Bruno; and many nieces and nephews.