How it all started
Tony’s Fresh Market (“Tony’s”) is a family-owned and operated grocery chain in the Chicagoland area. Tony’s was founded in 1979 by Tony Ingraffia and Domenico Gambino, two Italian immigrants with big dreams and an unprecedented work ethic.
The original location on Fullerton Avenue and Central Park, which still exists today, was opened with only five employees: one produce employee, two meat employees, one cashier, and Tony running around the store like a man on a mission. For that first decade in business, Tony and Domenico typically worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week just to try and make a few bucks at the end of the year.
Fast forward to 2020, the Tony’s Fresh Market family has grown exponentially: We now have 16 locations, over 400 vendors, and thousands of customers that we serve on a daily basis. As a company, we are confident that if we provide high-quality products at affordable prices, and top-notch customer service, the Tony’s Fresh Market family will continue to grow for years to come.
On behalf of Tony’s Fresh Market we’d like to thank our vendor partners, employees, and most importantly our customers for over 40 years of continuous support! We like to think that each and every vendor, employee, and customer that walks through our doors becomes part of the Tony’s family.
We cannot stress enough how grateful we are for the support we’ve received over the years. Our customers and our employees are the livelihood of this organization and without the support of our customers and the hard work and dedication of our employees, we would not be where we are today. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for an amazing 40 years and we hope to serve you, your families, and the communities that you live in for AT LEAST another 40 years!
As a part of our 40th Anniversary, we are very excited to announce Tony's Charitable Foundation. We have always taken pride in being a part of our local community and supporting our shoppers. Tony's Charitable Foundation gives back to those families through charitable donations. We aim to team up with our local partners to find cures for childhood diseases. Through this mission, our foundation hopes to provide care for the children of our Chicagoland area.
To learn more about Tony's Charitable Foundation, our events, and ways to give back, please visit our Tony's Charitable Foundation website.