In 1929, local butcher Joe Heinen opened a butcher shop in Shaker Heights after discovering a passion for the trade. In 1933, Joe Heinen pioneered Cleveland’s first supermarket across the street from his shop, selling traditional grocery items alongside hand-butchered meats. In the 1930s, bringing these two shopping experiences together was revolutionary in the grocery industry, but what truly set Heinen apart was his commitment to quality.
Joe Heinen operated on the belief that “You have to find the best to sell the best.” From sourcing, curing and smoking his own meats to partnering with local producers and growers for the freshest produce, Joe Heinen set standards that have stood the test of time.
Family-Owned for Four Generations
Joe Heinen’s vision lives on 93 years later under the leadership of his twin grandsons, Jeff and Tom Heinen and their children, Kim, Kelsey and Jake Heinen. Together, this family of grocers is focused on making Heinen’s relevant in the ever-changing industry through reimagining the traditional grocery store as a destination for quick and easy meals, fresh-overnight seafood, wellness guidance, dietary friendly solutions and traditional in-store butchers.
Although Heinen’s continues to evolve, some things never change. We strive to exceed the standards for customer service as well as build lasting vendor relationships that deliver quality and source-verified products. We also see our dedicated associates as one of our greatest assets and continuously reinvest in them, as they are what make shopping with Heinen’s memorable.