Michael J. Cullen was a man ahead of his time — a man who saw the future's possibilities and made them reality. Cullen was the founder of King Kullen Grocery Co., which the Smithsonian Institution has designated as the first modern American supermarket. The store, which opened in August 1930 in the New York City borough of Queens, is recognized for being the first to combine self-service, separate departments, discount pricing and volume dealing all under one roof. Although each element ...

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