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Certified Grocers, with its iconic chubby little butcher as a mascot, was a well-known name around the greater Chicago area. However, Certified Grocers wasn't your typical supermarket chain. Rather Certified was a cooperative of hundreds of independent grocers working together to compete with the big chains in Chicago — namely National, A&P and Krogers. In 1940, some 50 small, mom-and-pop grocery stores banded together and formed the Certified Grocers brand as a way to to harness the buying and advertising power of a larger chain, while maintaining their individual ownership. The Certified chain grew and the Certified name lasted for decades — in later years, it was known under the banner Certisaver Supermarkets. In 2008, Certified merged its roughly 200 stores with the Central Grocers cooperative and, alas, the Certified Grocers brand disappeared.
52% combed and ring-spun cotton 48% polyester, preshrunk, 4.2 oz. Super soft with a fashion fit.