The Fresh Grocer, an independent grocery chain with eight stores (six in PA), announced yesterday that it was joining the Wakefern cooperative and that its Drexel Hill, PA store would switch to the ShopRite banner. The seven other stores plan to retain the Fresh Grocer name.

The Fresh Grocer, currently owned by Pat Burns and supplied by Supervalu, will become Wakefern’s 50th member when it transitions to the cooperative in October.