We Are Adams
Meet Chef Derek!
If you ever wander through our Portland store, you are sure to notice the infatuating aromas of fresh ingredients being transformed into gourmet cuisine. From savory chicken pot pies to his famous gourmet quesadillas, Chef Derek Lee and his team are responsible for it all.
As a teenager, young Derek was offered a job as a dishwasher at a 5-star restaurant by his mother’s then maitre d’ boyfriend. While he worked diligently in that position, the kitchen took notice of his passion and instructed Derek to drop the sponge and begin to learn the art of cooking from scratch. Climbing his way from line cook all the way up to sous chef, the young food lover found himself enthralled in the fast-paced environment of culinary. He fell so in love it seems, that he even skipped his high school prom for a shift at the restaurant. (His then girlfriend was not happy.)
After many years soaking in the knowledge of that world, Chef Derek is bringing his remarkable talent of turning the simplest of ingredients into flavor-packed showcases for you to enjoy. Grab a bite from Derek and his crew at your local, hometown market.
Together we achieve more. Have you met our Team? Of course you have! These wonderful people ARE Adams. We believe in Teamwork. Each Teammate plays an integral part in your hometown experience. We wouldn’t be able to boast our cut-here Meat if it wasn’t for our Meat Cutters nor tell you about our colorful cake displays if we didn’t have the best Cake Artists. Those yummy gourmet meals? They wouldn’t exist without our incredible chefs.
Come learn about some of your Hometown Teammates or join the fun by applying today!
Meet Jordyn Brown!
Meet Jordyn! If you step foot into our Watertown, CT store, you have most likely been drawn to our extraordinarily colorful cake case. Step closer and take in the incredible ability of one of our brightest stars. Miss Jordyn Brown is an artist. With an unyielding passion for the study of acrylic painting and ceramics, Jordyn has an eye for all things beautiful. Beginning her Adams career three years ago, Jordyn discovered a new outlet for her creative mind: the art of cake decorating! Ever since, she has continued to blow away customers and Teammates alike with her ever evolving talent. Whether she is adding a sweet glaze to a fresh fruit tart, transforming a cupcake into a sunflower or most recently, creating acorns out of chocolate kisses, her work is simply phenomenal. Are you looking to take home a piece of art? Next time you visit, chat with our Team about ordering your own custom creation or simply take home a ready-made dessert from any of our amazing Cake Artists at your local, hometown market.
Meet Bill Swanson!
We call him “Mr. Adams”! Bill Swanson the Deli Manager of our Adams, MA location is a staple of the Berkshires. Originally from Long Island, New York, this tri-state transplant has become an pivotal man of the community. Whether you know him from his work behind the counter at your local market or from his 20 years owning Swanson’s, his own Seafood and Deli place in town, Mr. Swanson is quite the local celeb. Bill started his career in the world of meat and cheeses 44 years ago, right down the road in Pittsfield, MA. While working at a local hotel, he spotted an advertisement for a job at the (ironically unaffiliated) Adams Market and jumped at the opportunity. As years went by, his love for the business continued and in March of last year, we excitedly welcomed him into our own Adams family at the opening of our latest location. Bill absolutely adores being an essential member of his neighborhood. Whether he’s chatting with his favorite customers or laughing along with his family of co-workers, Bill believes that any job can be done with some hard work and a smile. He is also famous around town for his spectacular, store-made Ham Salad, a beloved local staple, created from the original Adams Market recipe and then jazzed up with his own Swanson flare! Don’t bother asking him for the secret ingredients, we already tried! Come meet “Mr. Adams” and the rest of his fun-loving Team at your local hometown market!
Meet Chef Beth!
Deli Manager and Chef
In the year that she has worked in our Monson, MA location, Beth Cordner, our Deli Manager and Chef has made quite the impression. Not only have her delicious gourmet meals been a hit around town but her infectiously warm and zany personality has spread through your Hometown Team like a beam of sunshine. While she maintains a delightfully full Deli with the help of her motivated crew, her true love has always been the kitchen. Since she was a little girl, Beth was drawn to food and the joy it generates in people. After following her passion to the culinary program of Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, she earned her stripes working on the line of various restaurants until she found herself in the kitchen of your Hometown Market. Finally being able to connect with the community she feeds, she was hooked. Her favorite part of working at Adams is the opportunity to chat with her customers about their top-ranked meals and gather feedback on her latest creation. While not at work, Beth can be found floating around on her kayak with her two dogs or working on her passion-project, the renovation of her nearly 200 year old farmhouse!
Meet Rick Lee!
Have you tried out our delicious Gourmet Burger Patties available from your hometown market? Our outstanding Meat Manager Rick Lee and his awesome team in Shelton, will help you upscale your next backyard retreat with their store-made, “boujee” burgers. With more than 30 years of experience in meat cutting, it’s safe to say that Rick knows a thing or two about creating these flavorful bundles of beef. Handmade daily, right in your local store, Rick uses his passion for culinary to combine 86% lean beef with a myriad of fresh ingredients to give you a punch of taste with every juicy bite. With various combinations available at each of our locations, our menus can include everything from Bacon-Cheddar (our most popular) to Portabella and Swiss, Steakhouse, Sweet Onion, Bleu Cheese-Ranch or more! However, Rick’s favorite burger remains our Classic Gourmet Patty, grilled to a mouth-watering medium-rare and then laid on a toasted, store-made brioche bun, fresh from our bakery.
Meet Kenny Pratt!
Our Store Manager of the Year!
He is as quiet as a mouse… said no one ever!
Watertown’s loquacious leader is a ball of charisma that would rival any entertainer or talk show host.
Chances are if he has stepped foot within 15 miles of your town you will have heard some story about this chatty, fun loving fella at your local market. An exuberant people-person, Kenny’s favorite part of coming to work is getting to know all of you. Going above and beyond to ingratiate himself and his team into the vibrant neighborhoods surrounding our stores, he will often be spotted contributing to events within the town. Kenny Pratt is determined to make a difference. He inspires his team and customers to take an active role within their community. Leading the charge, Kenny has done everything from collecting prizes for local students participating in Thomaston’s Summer Math Passport to proclaiming himself the Goof on the Roof on top of our East Lyme location to raise money for the Center for Disability Rights.
When not at work, Kenny can be found in one of two places: either spending time with his family (his father and daughter both work at our Thomaston store) or out with his buddies on a boat. You may have heard a tale (or a million) about his undying love for bass fishing.
Stop into our Watertown store to meet the legend that is Kenny Pratt! Fair warning, if you mention fish, you could be there awhile.
Meet Branden Firth!
While strolling through the aisles of Jerry’s Supermarket, you may find two legs sticking out of the ice cream case. No, it’s not a an ice cream goblin swiping that last pint of Ben and Jerry’s, it’s a young fellow named Branden.
Branden Firth has been diligently stocking the shelves of our Rhode Island store for almost 4 years. A hard worker, who is always willing to go above and beyond, his quiet demeanor makes him a warm and approachable hero to any inquiring customer. Not only is he a pro at keeping your favorite items on the shelf, he also an avid gamer, writer and artist. The fantasy based Skyrim being his favorite past time, he is pursuing his passion for Game Design at the Community College of Rhode Island.
Come say hello to Branden and the rest of our close-knit Team at your local, hometown market!
“Sean Tobin has been a part of the Thomaston Team since day one. Showing up every day with a smile, he can often be seen helping customers to their car, collecting carriages, maintaining the bottle machines and sweeping the store. He also enjoys helping out in grocery and is extremely proud of his work. Sean is very much involved in his community. He can be spotted at parades, carnivals and the annual Light Up Thomaston, in addition to supporting his local theatre by attending numerous shows. He is also an avid bowler, who takes part in a community league every Saturday that Kenny loved going to watch. But most of all he brings a smile to everyone he comes across. With his upbeat attitude and his endless knowledge of New York Yankees and Giants statistics, he has become a cornerstone of joy to the Town of Thomaston. We could go on but there’s not enough ink!”
~ Anthony Caponera and Kenny Pratt, Present/Former Thomaston Store Manager and Sean’s #1 Fans
Meet Wayne Cullen!
“Ya gotta have it!”
You can’t get more Rhode Island than our darling Wayne!
Born and raised, right here in town, Wayne began his Grocery career 43 years ago in this very building. Jerry’s Supermarket was just opening their latest store and a vibrant, young high school student named Wayne Cullen was looking for a job. Starting out as a stock boy, Wayne grew increasingly passionate about his duties. His hard work and dedication to his craft were soon recognized and he became the location’s Store Manager before his 20th birthday.
You will never find anyone more enthralled with this business than Wayne. He breathes for his customers as well as his Team. The community is brimming with stories of Wayne going out of his way to help people. During the snowy days of winter, Wayne even delivered food to a shopper’s home when the weather prevented her from leaving. The beautiful part is, he performs these acts of service without a second thought.
“Ya gotta have it”, he grins.
Come say hello to Wayne, his trusty sidekick “Coopah” and the rest of the team on your next visit!
Meet Shane Campbell!
An Exceptional Teammate
“The usual Miss?” the young man asks with a grin. “Actually, can I have one with mayo this time?” inquires the customer patiently peeking over the counter. “He makes the best sandwiches”, she offers as I stand there observing. This is a regular ritual for many of the residents of Canterbury. A daily pillage to the Deli counter to place an order for their custom made subs accompanied by the pleasant banter of Teammate Shane Campbell.
Shane, originally hailing from Wellesley, MA, began working in our Canterbury location in 2016. He along with his twin brother Sean, would continue to work here while attending criminal justice classes at Three Rivers Community College based in Norwich.
Although Shane’s an extremely busy bee, he’s going to school to become a lawyer after all, he finds the most joy in connecting with his customers. His responsibilities range from slicing cheese to making our store made salads but where he shines most is interacting with you. This friendly fellow’s sincere investment in the everyday lives of his community makes him the stand out star that he is. We can’t wait to see where he goes! Judge Campbell does have quite the ring to it!
Say hello to Shane and the rest of our talented Canterbury Team on your next stop in!
Meet Steve Kuharski!
Walking through the aisles of our Terryville location, there is one teammate who is sure to get a greeting by every customer. “Hey Steve!” “Steve! How’s it going?” A chuckle resounds from the chest of this bearded fellow. With a wide grin on his face, he turns from his dutiful task of stocking shelves to happily engage with his neighbors.
Steve is quite well known in his hometown, not only for his hard work at the local market but also for his warm personality. Always quick to help both customers and his teammates, he loves bringing out the best in people through his upbeat attitude. He takes pride in being true to himself and that authenticity resonates within this tightknit community. He also is a talented musician and outside of work can be found strumming on his guitar or writing new lyrics for his latest creation. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Steve’s long term goal is to one day become the Store Manager for the town he loves.
Come say hello to Steve and the rest of our awesome Terryville crew at your hometown market!