Roche Brothers Market was founded by brothers Pat and Bud Roche in 1952 when Bud saw a Singer Sewing Machine store going out of business. Both brothers put $25 in the bank and called their new company The Roche Brothers. Their family took out a mortgage on their home to get this pair started and three months later, they opened their store.
The company began selling meat and produce but soon expanded to include other groceries by 1957. A second location in Needham, Massachusetts, was opened in 1959 and a third, this time in West Roxbury, in 1957. The company is still owned and operated by the second generation of Roches, Rick & Ed.
Today, the company has 20 locations in and around the greater Boston area. In 1980, the company opened Sudbury Farms, a bulk food store which also offers a fish market, deli, and organic foods. There are three Sudbury Farm locations. There are plans for expansion in 2018, with the expected opening of 3 new locations with a new name Brothers Marketplace. All 3 locations are expected to open in 2018 in Waltham, East Cambridge, and Weston.
Roche Brothers Markets had an estimated annual revenue in 2016 of $389 million. They employ 4,600 persons full time and have headquarters in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.