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Which supermarket chains are there no issues regarding Chometz Sheovar Alav HaPesach? And which are problematic?

  • I don't know how all of the operative business models are set up, but isn't this almost always (>99%) answered on a store-by-store basis? – WAF Apr 24 '11 at 20:00
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    @WAF I think that at least some stores are owned by a national corporation rather than franchised to individual owners. Walmart, for example. For these, it should be possible to answer this question. – Isaac Moses Apr 24 '11 at 20:22
  • Gershon I am guessing this answer is for you matzav.com/… – SimchasTorah Apr 24 '11 at 20:38
  • At least it's all vadai yashan! – Double AA Mar 21 '12 at 22:30
  • 99Cent Stores are Jewish owned and do not sell their Chametz. I think there might also be an issue with Smart & Final. – user1292 Mar 22 '12 at 16:50
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My understanding (no source) is that all of the Schnucks stores are owned by gentiles.

The Star-K's 2011 guide, q.v., lists national chains okay to buy from after yom tov.

  • @msh210 Superfresh buys from C&S, per the C&S website (cswg.com/top-customers). I do not know why Superfresh is listed in the approved stores list. – Seth J Apr 28 '11 at 18:19
  • Actually, Superfresh is not on the actual list currently appearing on the Star-K's website (although I saw it on a community-circulated version of the list earlier). Perhaps they removed it and updated the list. – Seth J Apr 28 '11 at 19:16
  • To close the loop, it was announced in my Shul this past Shabbath that Superfresh is a problem, due to their distributor (C&S). – Seth J May 3 '11 at 14:47
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    By the way, just because Schnucks is owned by non-Jews does not obviate the problem of the distributor. As of last year (I haven't heard yet or checked this year) many publicly traded and non-Jewish owned businesses were problematic because they ordered products from C&S, which is a large but privately held food distribution company owned by Jews, and its/their Hametz is not sold for Pesah. – Seth J Mar 21 '12 at 19:57
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    In past years, Rabbi Teitz of Elizabeth, NJ, sold all of the chametz owned by C&S. If he does it again this year, then there is no problem whatsoever to buy chametz after Pesach from any C&S client store, assuming the store itself is owned by non-Jews. – user1095 Mar 22 '12 at 14:06
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In the northeast US, the Jewish-owned C & S Wholesale (Cohen & Siegel) is a large distributor of food to many supermarkets. One should buy chametz that was either acquired by the gentile-owned supermarket before pesach or by C&S after pesach. One can also buy from Jewish stores that sell their chametz over Pesach.

  • Do you have information on which stores buy from C&S and any more detailed guidance about timing? – Isaac Moses Apr 28 '11 at 17:20
  • @R'Isaac Moses: IIRC the Star-K publication I linked to in my answer discusses timing. @R'Ari, re "One can also buy from Jewish stores that sell their chametz over Pesach": Presumably the problem of a Jewish-owned distributor that does not sell its chametz applies equally to a Jewish-owned retailer as to a gentile-owned retailer, no? Your warning "One should buy chametz that was either acquired by the gentile-owned supermarket before pesach or by C&S after pesach" would then apply to Jewish-owned retailers also, whereas you make it sound as though it does not. – msh210 Apr 28 '11 at 17:37
  • C & S Has a list of their top customers here: cswg.com/top-customers. – Ariel K May 3 '11 at 2:50
  • It was started by 2 Jews Cohen & Siegel, and Cohen's grandson is the current CEO. I doubt that it is fully Jeiwsh-owned though, so that might make a difference. – Ariel K May 3 '11 at 2:52
  • In past years, Rabbi Teitz of Elizabeth, NJ, sold all of the chametz owned by C&S. If he does it again this year, then there is no problem whatsoever to buy chametz after Pesach from any C&S client store, assuming the store itself is owned by non-Jews. – user1095 Mar 22 '12 at 14:07

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