From its modest beginning as a small store on Penn Avenue, Pennsylvania to its present status as a multi-facility corporation, the story of Schiff's is the story of an American dream. Founded by Morris Schiff's in 1945, the business operated for 24 years servicing local hotels and restaurants with wholesale food and meat.
In 1970 Schiff's celebrated its 25th Anniversary. To accompany the substantial growth Schiff's moved to 3410 North Main Avenue in Scranton, which is its present location. The new facility was originally the Kleinberger Pickle Factory, which was a larger physical plant then they had previously. In 1974 Schiff's opened the first wholesale Cash and Carry, under federal inspection (U.S.D.A). Here the public could shop shoulder to shoulder with the wholesale food customers."
Over the next several years new departments are added: a deli and bakery featuring homemade local delights, an in-house smokehouse to process Schiff's famous smoked kielbasi, and a fresh fish and a fresh produce department, but H.R.I. remains the backbone of the business. Employment reaches 135 people. 110 full time, including 20 supervisory personnel and 25 part-time workers.
Mark and Donna Reese then purchased a 1.89 acre property adjacent to the Cash & Carry to secure employee parking for the future, which includes a 10,000 Sq. Ft facility. The facility, now named Schiff's Plaza, is upgraded and has ability to house up to 7 different rental units. Additionally, a 48 ft. freezer / cooler trailer was added to the fleet to service area picnics, festivals and fairs.
Today the company employees about 150 people and services around 350 restaurants and institutions daily. From its humble beginnings to the present Schiff's maintains its mission to grow and serve its customer's with Top-Quality, First-Class Service and Low Prices day in and day out.