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1982 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Nicholas D'Agostino*

Founder and Chairman Emeritus
D'Agostino Supermarkets

"I expected a good day's work for a good day's pay."

Nicholas D'Agostino was born in Italy in 1910. In his early teens he immigrated to New York, where he worked as a pushcart peddler and mill laborer. He left a $24-a-week job to become a butcher's helper, where he made only $18, so that he could learn that trade. In 1932, he and his brother opened a grocery store at the corner of 83rd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. They invented the idea of combining meat and groceries as well as baked goods in their store. The new "supermarket" concept burgeoned. Soon, they added more stores, creating a D'Agostino chain. Today, there are 23 D'Agostino stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and suburban Westchester County. D'Agostino was the vice-chairman of the Cardinal's Committee for Catholic Charities and was a patron of a variety of city improvement projects. He was widely known as a generous humanitarian.

* Deceased