About Stew Leonard’s

How it all began

Stew Leonard's history can be traced back to the early 1920s, when Charles Leo Leonard started Clover Farms Dairy in Norwalk, Connecticut. It was a state-of-the-art dairy by the standards of the time — with a pasteurizing and bottling plant, and fresh milk delivered daily by trucks with plastic cows on the front that "mooed" for the neighborhood children.

Stew Sr. delivering milk door-to-door in the 1940's

A Highway Ran Through It

In the late sixties, Stew Leonard, Charles's son, realized the milk delivery business was going the way of the horse and buggy. He knew it was time to start something new when the state informed him that Clover Farms Dairy was in the path of a new highway. His dream was to build a retail dairy store where children could watch milk being bottled while mothers did their shopping in a farmer's market atmosphere. In December 1969, Stew Leonard's opened its doors — a 17,000 square foot store carrying just eight items.

The Dairy Store Expands

Stew Leonard's has grown at an amazing pace — 30 additions have since been added to the original store. Stew Leonard's has taken the fresh dairy concept and expanded into meats, fish, produce, bakery, cheese and wine. Unlike traditional grocery stores that sell an average 30,000 items, each Stew Leonard's store carries only 2,200 items, chosen specifically for their freshness, quality and value.

Customers love the quality of our FRESH produce

Still All in the Family

Stew Leonard's has remained a family business. In 1987, Stew's son Stew Leonard, Jr. took over the reins and is now President and CEO. Son Tom opened the second Stew Leonard's in Danbury Connecticut in 1991. Stew Leonard’s daughter Beth founded the famous Bethy's Bakery and heads up the Gift Center. Daughter Jill is Vice President of Culture and Communication. Blake, Stew Jr’s. daughter, manages the wine business. The success of this family-owned business is largely due to their passionate approach to customer service: "Rule #1 -- The Customer is Always Right; Rule #2 - If the Customer is Ever Wrong, Re-Read Rule #1." This principle is so essential to the foundation of the company that it is etched in a three-ton granite rock at each store's entrance.

More Than Satisfied Customers — Satisfied Team Members

Stew Leonard's is also recognized for their management philosophy: "Take good care of your people and they in turn will take good care of your customers." It is this philosophy that has helped earn Stew Leonard's ranking on FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" list for 10 consecutive years.

All our gifts are hand-crafted and carefully packed for shipping

The Same Quality and Commitment at Stew Leonard’s Gifts

Now your friends and family all over the country can enjoy a taste of what makes Stew Leonard’s special through our beautiful and bountiful gift baskets and fruit baskets from Stew Leonard’s Gifts.  Whether you want to send a holiday greeting to a family member, an impressive gift to a business associate, or a thoughtful condolence to a friend, all of our gift baskets come with our famous guarantee. Bethy Leonard and her team are ready to assemble yours right now!


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