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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kassis Family collection
    Dates: 1902-2003
    Collection number: MS0074
    Collection Size: 7.83 linear feet (5 cartons, 1 newspaper box, 2 film reels)
    Repository: Center for Sacramento History
    Sacramento, California 95811-0229
    Abstract: The Kassis Family collection documents the family and their Sacramento-area businesses. The family is best known for starting the Stop-N-Shop chain of grocery stores and Arden Fair Mall. Material dates from 1902 to 2003 and includes operational and administrative records, financial records, legal documents, photographs, promotional material, and personal papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to publish or quote from private manuscripts held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item and/or item number], [box and folder number], Kassis Family collection , MS0074, Center for Sacramento History.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Greg Kassis in 2009 (accession number 2009/036).

    Processing Information

    Processing and finding aid by Claire Tynan and Leslie Trew, 2011. Finding aid updated by Nicholas Piontek and Kim Hayden, 2020.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Kassis Family is best known in Sacramento for operating the Stop-N-Shop chain of grocery stores. A. G. Kassis, a Lebanese immigrant, married Maggie Shikan on September 15, 1906. They had five sons: Frank, Lewis (Lou), Eddie, John, and Walter. The family came to Sacramento in the 1920s, and in 1928, A. G. and his sons opened a watermelon stand at 28th and Broadway. The business grew and quickly developed into the Stop-N-Shop grocery store. The family opened more stores in the following decades, and the chain grew to 12 stores. All of the sons, except John who became a doctor, were involved in the operations of the Stop-N-Shop stores. The Kassis brothers also became interested in other real estate and commercial development. Their most successful foray into other businesses was the creation of the Arden Fair Mall.
    Frank Kassis, was born April 28, 1910. He married Muriel and they had five children: Frank Jr., Ronald, Karen, Patricia, and Kerry. Lewis Kassis was born May 2, 1912. He married Helen and they had two children: Gregory and Nancy. Edward Kassis was born January 6, 1914, and married Marie. They had three children named James, Janice, and John. John Kassis was born August 7, 1916. Not much else is known about John, except that he became a doctor and was a silent partner with Kassis Investment. Walter Kassis was born on February 8, 1919, and married Margaret. They had three children: Stephen, Gerald, and David Allen. Many of the grandchildren were also active in family businesses.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Kassis Family collection documents the family and their Sacramento-area business ventures, the best known being the Stop-N-Shop chain of grocery stores and Arden Fair Mall. Material dates from 1902 to 2003 and includes operational and administrative records, financial records, legal documents, photographs, promotional material, and personal papers. The collection is divided into four series specific to Arden Fair, the family, Stop-N-Shop, and other family business ventures.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into 5 series:
    • Series 1. Arden Fair, 1955-1990
    • Series 2. Kassis family, 1902-2002
    • Series 3. Stop-N-Shop, 1936-2003
    • Series 4. Other business ventures, 1950-2000
    • Series 5. Unprocessed promotional items and newspapers, ca. 1935-2000

    Separated Material

    Some artifacts were removed from the archival collection and can be found by using the search term “2009/036” in our online catalog: sacramento.pastperfectonline.com.