Cronig's Celebrates 100 Years of Feeding the Vineyard Community
Louisa Hufstader
When Sam Cronig and his three brothers opened their Vineyard Haven market in March 1917, the world was still at war in Europe.
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Opening of New Cronig’s Market Planned in July
Vineyard Gazette
The Cronig brothers are expanding again. Robert and David Cronig, who inherited their father’s grocery business in Vineyard Haven’s center in 1956, have enlarged their Main street market twice. And now they are building an even larger market outside of town on State Road.
 
The new store, they say, will help to alleviate downtown traffic, affording shoppers the convenience of completing their food errands outside of town. Won’t that harm business for their in-town market?
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Cronig’s Main Street Market Prepares to Close Business for Last Time at the End of October
Paula Delbonis
Cronig’s Main Street Market, the 72-year-old grocery business in Vineyard Haven, will close its doors for the final time on Thursday, Oct. 26.
 
Despite the public outcry supporting the traditional market, the Cronig family will convert the building into three smaller retail shops before the 1990 summer season.
 
An agreement was signed Saturday between Carlyle Cronig, whose family owns the land and building, and John F. and John L.
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A New Health Goods Offering for Tisbury, Opening Set in June
Ginger Duarte
Healthy Additions, the Vine­yard’s newest health product store, plans to open in June. Located in Vineyard Haven next to Cronig’s, the two-story retail outlet will be so­lar-energized and fully accessible to disabled customers, with a sliding-glass front door, a large handicap-accessible elevator and disabled-friendly bathrooms.
 
Healthy Additions will carry no food or produce. Steve Bernier, owner of both Vineyard Haven and up-Island Cronies supermarkets, says, “There’s a lot of misconcep­tion.
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‘Round ‘Bout Tisbury
Vineyard Gazette
An electric refrigerating plant has been installed in Cronig Brother’s market. It is said that some of the other markets are also to have plants installed.
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Vineyard Haven Happenings: Local Items
Vineyard Gazette
Samuel Cronig, head of the firm of Cronig Bros., was the purchaser of Castello’s Block and while the changes are not all as predicted, they correspond closely. Barnacles will cling to the building opposite the one they now occupy, upstairs but with entrance from the Lane Block, as we hear.
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New Cronig’s Up-Island Store Serves Vineyard’s Expanded Customer Base
Mark Alan Lovewell
As our community grows, so grows the grocery store business up-Island. The new Up-Island Cronig’s Market opened for business last Friday with no fanfare. The new 7,500 square foot steel and wood structure, not far from the site of the original building, wel­comed its first customers.
 
Steve Bernier, 48, owner of the new market and the owner of State Road Cronig’s, said the prompt influx of cus­tomers actually caught him a little by surprise. “They seemed to know it was open before we told anyone,” he said. At precisely 11:06 a.m.
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Cronig’s Market Buys Indian Hill Store Up-Island
Vineyard Gazette
Less than two months after Indian Hill Market came up for sale, Stephen Bernier has signed a purchase and sales agreement with owners Howard and Susan Ulfelder.
 
Mr. Bernier is the owner of Cronig’s State Road Market in Tisbury. Papers for Indian Hill will pass March 31, he says.
 
“We’re not going to turn it into a gourmet food store,” says Mr. Bernier. “Its going to be an Up-Island Cronig’s.” Mr.
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Cronig Family Sells Market
David Corr
A Vineyard business tradition of nearly 10 years and a family tradition reaching back to Eastern Europe and the last century will end in January with the sale of Cronig’s State Road Market to an off-Island resident.
 
Robert Cronig, a son of Cronig’s Market founder Samuel Cronig and overseer of expansion of the family business to State Road in the mid-1970s, will sell the market to Steven Bernier, a former Star Market manager from Andover, Mass., early in 1986.
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It’s Fifty Years for Sam Cronig, Not a Golden Wedding But Golden Memories of Life in U.S.A.
Vineyard Gazette

Samuel Cronig, best known as Sam, a grocer of Vineyard Haven, bought a box of “gold-coin” chocolates this week, chocolates which are so moulded and wrapped as to resemble twenty-dollar gold pieces. “I’ve got an anniversary coming up, or rather it has passed but the observance is due, and I want to give these away to commemorate the event,” he explained. “It’s a fifty-year anniversary, you see.”

But it wasn’t a wedding anniversary. Rather it is the anniversary of Sam’s arrival in America, fifty years ago, shortly before Halloween, a day which he will never forget.

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