In 1939, when Vasilios and Aphrodite Haseotes only had a cow to work with on their Cumberland, Rhode Island farm, they never dreamed Cumberland Farms would turn into what it has. By 1945, their one cow operation had turned into a herd, providing the Haseotes family with the means to start their own family dairy, “one that provided over a thousand quarts of fresh milk per day,” (Cumberland Farms). As they entered the second half of the 1950s, their first store was opened, however, it wasn’t until 1962 that items other than milk were added to rosters of products sold at their stores, such as groceries, beverages, health and cosmetic items and more, solidifying their place as the Northeast’s first convenient store.
The most recent Cumberland Farms concept that most people have come to know, once which includes both a convenient store and gas/petroleum services (i.e. gas pumps), wasn’t added until 1972. Although most of these stores lie within the parameters of the Northeast (Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware) and Florida, some are also found in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Six-hundred locations later, 200 of which have already been converted into their new concept’s vision, Cumberland Farms continues to thrive. Recently, that have revamped with, “New leadership. New mission. New vision. New store design. New products. New headquarters. Even a new logo,” (Cumberland Farms). Cumberland Farms’ new concept stores also include a state of the art shopping experience, complete with new beverages, snacks and freshly prepared sandwiches. Additionally, Cumberland Farms has their own brand, Farmhouse, which includes chocolate treats, a “salty snack collection”, baked goods, ice cream and bottled beverages.
Cumberland Farms works to give back to their local communities through various causes such as feeding the hungry, serving the disabled, supporting local teams and fundraising for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”, something they’ve done for eighteen consecutive years. Additionally, their “Cups for Kids” event will enter their sixth year in which Cumberland Farms partners with five hospitals, donating proceeds from coffee and Chill Zone beverage sales.
Cumberland Farms is still family owned and operated and remain “dedicated to make everyday easier for you.”