Where your money goes the farthest but still stays home

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About Chanatrys

Chanatry's Store FrontThe Unites States and particularly our Mohawk Valley have become over-stored with the big box national chains. It is difficult to walk into one of these big boxes of whatever stripe or logo and tell the difference. They are boring and are without a sense of excitement.

At Chanatry's, excitement abounds and the customers are people and are catered to. We are constantly improving our store. Each upgrade is focused on making it the most shopper friendly store anywhere. You need not take our word for it, just ask any of the many thousands of our satisfied customers. It is no wonder Chanatry's is voted the "Best of the Best" consistently year after year.

Chanatry's is a family business competing in a ferociously competitive market place where the big box savages show no mercy. It is not surprising that people ask us how we do it. It's true that Independent Hometown, Home loving grocers are a vanishing breed in an industry where the laws of the jungle rule.

Our Success, among many things, depends on our wits and an organization made up of positive and motivated thinkers. You bet our team is made up of motivated thinkers.

We believe with all our hearts and souls, that our people be treated right. Employees that are not treated right will neither treat their co-workers nor customers right. The trash bin of history is full of such failed businesses. It's so simple, nothing more than the golden rule.

However; we also rely on the power of passion; you've got to love this business. Our founders and other great merchants who built the food business understood the power of passion. In those days and especially in the present day, we yearn not so much for profit as for the right to play. Don't get us wrong, we would rather contribute to non-profit organizations than to be one.

We love Central New York and the Mohawk Valley and are deeply committed to it. Chanatry's purchases its goods and services as much as it can locally. Our Labor force is second to none. Our people are also deeply committed to our beautiful community. They spend nearly 3 million dollars locally each year. Chanatry's pays local taxes, supports local schools and houses of worship and also contributes widely to our local charities. It is so very true when we say "At Chanatry's your dollar goes the farthest, but still stays at home."

We cannot afford to lose the power of passion, to discover the fierce, relentless and the undeniable power that passion releases and it's ability to raise expectations and imbue our team with a winning mindset to have fire in our collective bellies.

  • We believe that the present is shaped by the future.
  • Quality in goods, people and service breed success.
  • We are at our best when challenged.
  • Employees will never treat customers better than they are being treated.

Bill Chanatry

Michael, Raymond and Rocky Chanatry immigrated to the United States. in 1912 fleeing from persecution and oppression of the Ottoman Empire. This was a time when the Ottoman's had domain over Aleppo, Syria, seizing Christian and Jewish men off the streets and forcing them into Military Service.
 In the U.S., the streets were paved in gold and these young immigrants fashioned a new life for their families. They started selling produce and foods from push carts until they could open a store front. Soon Chanatry's opened on Bleecker Street. Hard work allowed the business to prosper and soon they occupied larger quarters.

 In 1938 plans were made to build a 6,000 square foot "Super Food Market". It was one of the nation's first Supermarket, although the word had not yet become common place. It was Utica's first such food store and involved drastic changes in a way a grocery store was organized.
 Raymond Chanatry, acknowledged as a man ahead of his time by others in his business, trusted his instincts. Accordingly Raymond became a consultant for other grocers who wished to follow.
 In the mid 1940's the trend to make supermarkets completely self-service affected the produce and meat departments. And by the 1950's major regional and national food grocery chains became dominant in the food business. Independent Grocers like Chanatry's needed something that would set themselves apart from their challengers. Chanatry's took a firm hold on the competition by continuing to provide personal customer service and customer choice in it's meats and produce departments and of course quality, always quality.

  In the Mid 1950's, Urban Renewal was forcing the relocation for Bleecker Street businesses. Elias Chanatrys (Big Louie), Rocky's son was a key manager and partner in the Bleecker Street Business. Age and circumstances gave reason for him to retire, selling his interest to Edward, Nellie and Bill with George Chanatrys as a key manager.

There interesting enough was another Chanatry's Market also affected by Urban Renewal. It made good sense at that time to open two supermarkets simultaneously. One in East Utica and one at French Road, Utica, the current location. The East Utica store, now closed was managed by Louis Chanatry(Little Louie), Raymond's son and his brothers while French Road was managed by Michael's son Edward and George Chanatry.

 In 1975, due to illness, Edward and Nellie sold their interests to John, Louis and George Jweid and Pierre and Joe Kawam with Bill Chanatry as president of the business. Although the names are not all Chanatry, it still remains a family business. All owners were either brothers or brother-in-laws.

 In 1988, Chanatry's built a brand new 30,000 square foot Supermarket next to it's previous store on French Road. With this store was added a scratch in store Bakery Department, largely expanded meat and produce and a largely expanded deli with hot foods. The new superstore continued to give quality personal service and grew Chanatry's reputation for it's great meats and produce. Sales continued to almost double year after year. The store was soon in need of expansion to accommodate the rising volume.

In 1998 Bill Chanatry bought all of the partners' interests and with his son, Mark, now president, started on an improvement program. They expanded the store to 50,000 square feet and 100 percent remodeled the store inside and out with all new state of the art fixtures. This new renovation turned the store into a Plaza. 

 Chanatry's has been voted #1 grocery store by consumers in the Mohawk Valley year after year. The new French Road store has kept a dominant stake in Utica's grocery business against larger grocery chain stores in the area. Chanatry's is now considered "the David among the Goliaths".

We take great pride in our store, as we believe our founders and predecessors would also be proud of the business they toiled for and loved.


Personnel Contacts

William Chanatry


Mark Chanatry

Janet Chanatry


Lorraine Kawam


Ameena Copeland


Steve Brooks

Mary Ellen Karrat


Eddie Nassimos


Fred Brescia



Hans Haag


Dave Misiaszak


Donna Williams


Joann Tehan


Linda Lince


Vincent Ciccone


Ken Zamillio


Brenda Choquette


Lenny Ciriaco


Phil Miller


Henry Waters



Great Employment Opportunities!

Chanatry's is a great place to work. We are always looking for people in our community to join our team. We are an equal opportunity employer and we offer Union benefits. Stop in and fill out an application today.


We would like to take a little time out here to express our thanks to you. We are one community and Chanatry's is fortunate to be part of it, but it is due to you, our loyal patrons.

Your voting us as the number 1 supermarket in the Mohawk Valley is appreciated, so again thank you.

Chanatry's has been serving our Mohawk Valley community since 1912. So much had changed since our parents sold pita bread from push carts at a store front on Bleecker Street in 1912.

Yes, much has gone by: two World Wars, the Great Depression, Korea, Vietnam Desert Storm and in recent memory the Gulf War and the ongoing War on Terrorism. We have seen the way of the trolley, steam locomotives and the advent of the air age. Still Chanatry's is your local independent; the first true supermarket in upstate New York, and has been serving you continuously.

At this time, we rededicate ourselves to continue to earn your patronage and support by emphasizing quality foods, personal service and always the low price./i>

Your loyalty and support these many years is cherished; we always want to be close to you.

Mark Chanatry