C-Town Supermarkets can trace their history back to 1920 when German immigrant Abraham Krasne opened his first supermarket named Krasdale’s Market. By 1975, the company decided to simply call themselves K-Town, only Kmart told them they would sue if they did. While trying to remove the letter K from a sign, the letter broke into what looked more like the letter C. The family thought it was fate, so C-Town became the name in 1975.
Today, C-Town has more than 200 locations in 5 states. In New York, it is the 5th largest supermarket in the metro New York area. The market tends to rely on small sections of town where larger stores have left the area. Most customers who frequent the stores have no cars, which explains why most C-Town markets have smaller than average parking lots.
A new C-Town location opened in Astoria, New York, in October 2020, increasing local traffic. Some speculate that this led to the death of a delivery person and residents are asking the city to invesitgate what can be done to make the area safer.
The company is well known for hiring local teenagers to work as cashiers and stockers. Company headquarters are located in Whiteplains, New York.