Patrick J. Burns

Patrick J. Burns is an accomplished business leader in the real estate, food retail, food and beverage, and hospitality industries with over 30 years of experience building a series of retail supermarkets and shopping centers, managing food service for upscale restaurants and catering facilities, and operating hotel establishments throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. As a corporate strategist and marketer, his vision and expertise in business performance and new business development have created notable enterprise growth of sales and profits in these sectors. He has been recognized by the Obama administration as being a champion of healthy food access and economic development, and his achievements have been featured in a variety of local, national and industry news outlets including Good Morning America, USA Today and the New York Times.

His most notable accomplishments include the development and operation of supermarkets in underserved areas in and around Philadelphia including the first “Fresh Grocer” concept store in 2001. In 2005, he opened The Fresh Grocer at 56th & Chestnut streets, which then was the largest supermarket in West Philadelphia. In 2009, Burns eradicated Philadelphia’s two largest food deserts with the development of two new Fresh Grocer supermarkets at the Shoppes at La Salle on Chew Ave and in the historic Progress Plaza Shopping Center on North Broad Street. With a steadfast commitment to bringing first-class stores into communities that need them most, he has continuously expanded and enhanced his supermarket footprint under both The Fresh Grocer and ShopRite banners.

Burns has also successfully developed a number of retail shopping centers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, all of which contain supermarket anchor tenants along with other quality retail franchise stores.

His extensive experience in the restaurant, catering and hospitality industries includes an impressive tenure as the exclusive food and beverage operator of Springfield Country Club in Springfield, PA. Burns opened his first hotel in 2013, a 101-room Courtyard Marriott, adjacent to Springfield Country Club and in 2018, further grew his hotel portfolio with the opening of a 110-room Fairfield Inn & Suites in Broomall, PA.

Recently, Burns was named the 2018 Family Business Leader of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, his supermarket enterprise continues to be featured on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s list of top employers, Springfield Country Club continues to receive notable industry awards and is ranked a Top Meeting Site by the Philadelphia Business Journal, and his hotels have received multiple certificates of excellence.

Burns has many varied philanthropic interests and has been recognized for his commitment to charities including the American Red Cross, Philabundance and local police and fire departments. He is Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial (250PA), a member of the board of directors of Wakefern Food Corp. and the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, and a Board of Trustee Emeritus of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur.

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