YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Turco’s is being sold to Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, the two grocery stores confirmed Friday to Yorktown News.
Uncle Giuseppe’s is expected to take over the 380 Downing Drive location on Monday, Oct. 21. It will be the company’s eighth store; one in Ramsey, N.J. and six on Long Island.
Preston Turco, who owns Turco’s with his wife, Evelyn, said he has known Uncle Giuseppe’s owners for nearly three decades and feels confident in handing his store off to them.
“They are the best supermarket I’ve seen today,” Turco said. “They do everything we do but on a much larger scale. They really do a nice job.”
Turco, who is turning 73 next week, said it was time to scale back his workload. But he will still be around to help Uncle Giuseppe’s when needed.
“It’s just getting to be too much work,” Turco said. “I need to start enjoying myself. It’s time. It’s time. But I’m happy that somebody is going to do the job that I’ve done and even do it better. That basically boils down to it. They’re really good people.”
News of the sale will come as no surprise to many residents including those who use social media platforms like Nextdoor and Facebook, where rumors have persisted for months. Six weeks ago, Turco told Yorktown News that negotiations were ongoing but a deal had not yet been reached.
“It just was a slow process going back and forth with the attorneys,” Turco said. “But it came to a head because they really wanted to get in before the holidays.”
Most of Turco’s employees will stay on with Uncle Giuseppe’s, he said.
“We have very, very good employees,” Turco said. “Some of these people have been with me 30-35 years. There are not going to be too many changes.”
Uncle Giuseppe’s, which has been operating in New Jersey and on Long Island for more than 20 years, is owned by two brothers: Carl and Philip DelPrete. It is a full-service supermarket that features a gourmet Italian theme and an “upscale design.”
“Our business model is very similar to what customers have enjoyed for years at Turco’s,” said Carl DelPrete, co-founder and chief executive officer of Uncle Giuseppe’s.
“Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace looks forward to introducing the loyal Yorktown customers to some of the unique offerings we’ve become known for; like our sauces, artisanal pasta, fresh mozzarella cheese and, olive oil,” he added.
Adam Giovia, vice president of Uncle Giuseppe’s, said Turco’s is known for its “courteous employees, fine products and an array of specialty departments.”
“Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace has taken pride in the same and is looking forward to welcoming the current Turco’s employees into the Uncle Giuseppe’s family as well as adding additional full-time and part-time positions from the surrounding area,” Giovia said.
Philip DelPrete, co-founder and president, said he admires the work done by Preston and Evelyn Turco, particularly their “dedication to the customers and their business.”
“Preston and Evelyn have built a long-lasting foundation in Yorktown Heights and have cultivated a truly unique vision for the store that is memorable, classic, and successful,” he said. “It is a credit to them and their employees’ hard work. We are excited to continue their legacy.”
Uncle Giuseppe’s said there will be a “complete renovation and expansion” of the building in 2020, including the addition of a glass-enclosed pasta-making room and a fresh mozzarella room where customers can view the pasta and mozzarella being made daily.