Guide to the Kassis Family collection

Claire Tynan and Leslie Trew
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95811-0229
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Email: csh@cityofsacramento.org
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Guide to the Kassis Family collection

Collection number: MS0074

Center for Sacramento History

Sacramento, CA
Processed by:
Claire Tynan and Leslie Trew
Date Completed:
2011
Encoded by:
Kim Hayden
© 2020 Center for Sacramento History. All rights reserved.

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.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Arden Fair 1955-1990

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains material related to Arden Fair Shopping Center, including articles, administrative and operational records, promotional material, correspondence, financial records, lease agreements, legal documents, logo and service mark registration, photographs, sale records, and title documents.
Box 1, Folder 1

Articles/Promotional Materials 1956-1990

General

Newspaper clippings from Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Union, PG&E Progress, SMUD High Lines, and unknown newspapers; Advertisements; Carousel Postcards; Arden Fair Directory
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1955

General

Letter to Frank Kassis; Map with construction location
Box 1, Folder 3

Financial Records 1969; 1974

General

Tenant Ledger; Tax Form 1065: U.S. Partnership Return of Income
Box 1, Folder 4

Lease Agreements 1958-1967

General

Accounting information; Basic Agreements; Correspondence; Lease Agreement and Amendment
Box 1, Folder 5

Legal: Cavanaugh vs. Arden Fair 1983

General

Correspondence; Deposition Subpoena
Box 1, Folder 6

Logo/Service Mark Registration 1988

General

Certificate; Advertisement featuring logo
Box 1, Folder 7

Photographs 1956; undated

General

Negatives; Prints of Construction and Shops
Box 1, Folder 8

Documents: Sale of Arden Fair 1966-1975

General

Correspondence; Lease History; Memorandum of Lease; Ledgers
Box 1, Folder 9

Title Documents 1968

General

First Amended Report; Print Out of Title Search; Assessor Parcel Map
Box 4

Aerial photographs undated

General

Two aerial photographs of Arden Fair.
 

Series 2.  Kassis family 1902-2002

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of personal material arranged by family member, specifically by brothers Edward, Frank, Lewis, and Walter. Material includes personal and gift tax records, photographs, correspondence, and news clippings relating to each individual and their families. There is also more general Kassis brothers material not arranged by a specific individual, including birth and citizenship affidavits, a genealogical report, group and unidentified photographs, legal documents, and a small amount of information on John Kassis.
Box 1, Folder 10

Edward Kassis: Photographs undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Edward Kassis: Personal Taxes 1938-1970

Box 1, Folder 12

Edward Kassis: Gift Taxes 1941-1952

Box 1, Folder 13

Frank Kassis: Burial 1998

Box 1, Folder 14

Frank Kassis: Personal Correspondence 1953-1987

Box 1, Folder 15

Frank Kassis: Legal: Frank Jr. Accident 1961-03-22

Box 1, Folder 16

Frank Kassis: News/Article Clippings 1950-1998; undated

Box 1, Folder 17

Frank Kassis: Photographs undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Frank Kassis: Taxes: Personal and Gift Taxes 1951-1956

Box 1, Folder 19

Lewis Kassis: Personal Correspondence undated

Box 1, Folder 20

Lewis Kassis: 90th Birthday planning 2002

Box 1, Folder 21

Lewis Kassis: News/Article Clippings 1951-1992

Box 1, Folder 22

Lewis Kassis: Personal 1937-1956

Box 1, Folder 23

Lewis Kassis: Gift Taxes 1940-1956

Box 1, Folder 24

Lewis Kassis: Photographs undated

Box 1, Folder 25

Lewis Kassis: Helen Passing 1994

Box 1, Folder 26

Walter Kassis: Personal Taxes 1940-1955

Box 1, Folder 27

Kassis Brothers: Birth and Citizenship Affidavits 1902-1961

Box 1, Folder 28

Kassis Brothers: Genealogical Report on Kassis Families 1991

Box 1, Folder 29

Kassis Brothers: Correspondence 1963-1986

Box 1, Folder 30

Kassis Brothers: Legal Documents 1952-1966

Box 1, Folder 31

Kassis Brothers: Memorial Fund 1955-1956

Box 1, Folder 32

Kassis Brothers: News/Article Clippings 1951-1997

Box 1, Folder 33

Kassis Brothers: Group Photographs undated

Box 1, Folder 34

Kassis Brothers: Unknown Photographs undated

Box 1, Folder 35

Kassis Brothers: Death Taxes 1952; undated

Box 1, Folder 36

Kassis Brothers: Trust Agreements 1952

Box 1, Folder 37

Kassis Brothers: Wills undated

 

Series 3.  Stop-N-Shop 1936-2003

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is made up of materials related to the Stop-N-Shop grocery chain, including financial records, contact lists, insurance documents, records of day-to-day operations of the stores, correspondence, business analysis collected by the Kassises, advertisements for Stop-N-Shop private brand labels, promotional materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
Box 2, Folder 1-7

Operations: Store # 1 - 11 1936-1948

Box 2, Folder 8-19

Operations: Financial Documents 1947-1980

Box 2, Folder 20

Operations: Insurance Documents 1951

Box 2, Folder 21

Operations: Contacts undated

Box 2, Folder 22

Operations: Stock certificates undated

Box 2, Folder 23

Operations: Store Operations Manual undated

Box 2, Folder 24

Operations: Supplier information undated

Box 2, Folder 25

Correspondence 1955-1971

Box 2, Folder 26-27

Business Analysis 1953-2003; undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Advertisements and Promotions: Private brand labels 1964; undated

Box 3, Folder 2

Advertisements and Promotions: Jingle undated

Box 3, Folder 3-4

Advertisements and Promotions: Shopping bag undated

Box 3, Folder 5-6

Advertisements and Promotions: Miscellaneous promotional materials undated

Box 4

Audio recordings on phonographic records undated

Box 3, Folder 7-8

Photographs: General Stop-N-Shop 1950-1957; undated

Box 3, Folder 9

Photographs: Stop-N-Shop Store #1 undated

Box 3, Folder 10

Photographs: Stop-N-Shop Store #11 1955

Box 3, Folder 11

Photographs: Stop-N-Shop Woodland Store undated

Box 3, Folder 12

Newspaper articles 1949-1994

Box 6

16mm color silent film of Stop-N-Shop store interior and possibly and opening celebration with the Kassis Family. ca. 1953

Box 7

16mm color sound film of Stop-N-Shop store interior and possibly and opening celebration with the Kassis Family. Also shows a Sacramento business district. ca. 1953

 

Series 4.  Other business ventures 1950-2000

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes material on several smaller entrepreneurial efforts by the Kassis family: Kassis Investment Company, the Ambassador Hotel, Wholesale Cash and Carry, Fort Sutter Building, Hormel Girls Show, Pin Setters Incorporated, the 88¢ store, the El Camino Center, and Frank and Lewis Kassis Rentals. The series also includes newspaper clippings related to these business ventures.
Box 3, Folder 13

Kassis Investment Company: Brochures undated

Box 3, Folder 14

Kassis Investment Company: Meeting Minutes 1971-1981

Box 3, Folder 15

Kassis Investment Company: Meeting Minutes and Correspondence 1956-1981

Box 3, Folder 16

Letterhead undated

Box 3, Folder 17

Ambassador Hotel 1962

Box 3, Folder 18

Wholesale Cash and Carry 1964-2000; undated

Box 3, Folder 19

Fort Sutter Building 1963-1970

Box 3, Folder 20

Hormel Girls Show 1952

Box 3, Folder 21

Pin Setters Inc. 1970-1971

Box 3, Folder 22

88 ¢ store undated

Box 3, Folder 23

El Camino Center 1957

Box 3, Folder 24

Frank and Lewis Kassis Rentals 1953-1957

Box 3, Folder 25

Sacramento Inn 1957

Box 3, Folder 26

Kassis Brothers Consolidation 1965

Box 3, Folder 27-28

Newspaper Clippings 1950-1962

 

Series 5.  Unprocessed promotional items and newspapers ca. 1935-2000

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is unprocessed. It contains branded promotional material for the Kassis Brothers and Stop-N-Shop stores, including slide rules and rulers; matchbooks from Kassis businesses and other Sacramento businesses; Stop-N-Shop 5-year pins, employee badges, shirts, and patches; lighters; a Food Circus tray; entire local and national newspapers with articles related to the Kassis family and their business ventures; awards; menus from the Trotter Room, Carousel Restaurant, and Carousel Coffee Shop; a recipe box; a tie; and other items.
Box 4

Unprocessed newspapers ca. 1935-1970

General

Entire newspapers with articles about the Kassis family and their bussiness ventures. Most are local newspapers, such as the Sacramento Bee, but others are also including, like the Wall Street Journal.
Box 4

Unprocessed menus undated

General

Menus from the Trotter Room, Carousel Restaurant, and Carousel Coffee Shop.
Box 5

Unprocessed promotional items undated

General

"Includes branded promotional material for the Kassis Brothers and Stop-N-Shop stores, including slide rules and rulers; matchbooks from Kassis businesses and other Sacramento businesses; Stop-N-Shop 5-year pins, employee badges, shirts, and patches; lighters; a Food Circus tray; entire local and national newspapers with articles related to the Kassis family and their business ventures; awards; menus from the Trotter Room, Carousel Restaurant, and Carousel Coffee Shop; a recipe box; a tie; and other items.