Elm Farm Foods Records
Scope and Content Note
The records of Elm Farm Foods contain materials describing the major operations of the Elm Farm Supermarkets and affiliated organizations and institutions, which were also comprised of the Winer family financial holdings. The bulk of these documents depict the financial activities and accounting procedures of these various affiliates, focusing primarily on funds, investments, and shareholders. Paid notes and stock certificates are also available for many trusts and corporations. The collection also includes administrative documents, such as correspondence and memoranda, concerned with the management of real estate, retail operations, and personnel. Legal documents describe the formation and dissolution of several organizations. Information about Elm Farm retail operations is specifically described in reports, publications, photographs, and ephemera associated with the supermarkets the company owned.
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- undated, 1894-2011
- Elm Farm Foods (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English.
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On Salem Street, in Boston’s North End neighborhood, Morris Winer operated a single small store specializing in fresh dairy products. Established initially as M. Winer Company in 1895, business operations expanded to include several self-service stores, though it continued to focus primarily on dairy and delicatessen. The company was incorporated under Commonwealth of Massachusetts laws as Elm Farm Foods Company on March 29, 1928. During the 1940s, the company shifted its operations from small service stores to large supermarkets. These changes prompted the Company’s purchase of United Markets Inc., in 1949, and J.B. Blood Company, in 1954.
In addition to these acquisitions, the company’s development also included a vigorous construction program. The year 1955 saw the introduction of Eastern Massachusetts’ first trading stamp promotional program when Elm Farm Foods Company purchased the eastern New England S&H Green Stamp franchise. In the 1960s, the company was the fifth largest retail food chain in New England. The company’s affiliations with real estate developers also contributed to its steady growth, as prime retail locations supported high sales. The company’s primary focus shifted to wholesale distribution and services in 1963, and as a result, it sold most of its retail locations. Distribution goods included meats, produce, frozen foods, dairy, and nonfoods. The Winer family’s operations continued to expand through the 1970s and 1980s as a number of limited partnerships, trusts, and corporations were formed in affiliation with their wholesale warehouse real estate development. Continued development of the Winer holdings included the reorganization and dissolution of many partnerships and real estate holdings.
- Material from the collection.
- Company founded as M. Winer Company in the North End, Boston
- March 29, 1928
- M. Winer Company incorporated as Elm Farm Foods Company
- Elm Farm Foods Company opens its first supermarket
- Purchase of United Markets, Inc., including Uphams Corner Market
- Land purchased in Brighton, MA, construction of warehouse
- Purchase of J.B. Blood Company
- Elm Farm Foods Company begins to use trading stamps as promotional devices, acquires S&H Green Stamps franchise
- Elm Farm Foods Company begins to sell retail locations in order to primarily operate as a wholesale food distributor
10 linear feet (8 document boxes, 1 OS box, 2 portraits)
Elm Farm Foods was first established as M. Winer Company in 1895 in the North End of Boston. The expansion of this single small store in the next several decades preluded the rise and development of Elm Farm Supermarkets in the region, followed by the company’s shift from retail to wholesale. Winer family holdings have also included various affiliated trusts and corporations managing many aspects of the company’s business and real estate. The bulk of these documents depict the financial activities and accounting procedures of these company affiliates, focusing primarily on funds, investments, and shareholders. The collection also includes administrative documents, such as correspondence and memoranda, concerned with the management of real estate, retail operations, and personnel.
Located in Boston, Mass.
Donated by Joel Kane and David Wanger of Marathon Realty in 2013. Morris Winer Dairy pint sour cream jar purchased by Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center in 2014.
Processed by Kora Walsh, 2014
- Account books
- Artifacts (object genre)
- Boston (Mass.)
- Boston Supermarkets Associates
- Brighton (Boston, Mass.)
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Dorchester (Boston, Mass.)
- Dudley Trading Company
- Elm Farm Foods
- Family City Corporation
- Financial statements
- Jewish businesspeople
- Legal documents
- Marathon Realty Corporation
- Metropolitan Markets
- North End (Boston, Mass.)
- Pine Tree Shopping Center
- Publications (documents)
- Stock certificates
- Trusts and trustees
- Wanger, David
- Winer, Hy
- Winer, Morris, 1871 or 1873-1955
- Guide to the Elm Farm Foods Records, I-552
- Processed by Kora Welsh
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