History of Clare Rose Inc.

From humble beginnings and throughout three generations, Clare Rose Inc. has grown to become a leader in the beverage industry.

1936
Open for Business
January 7, 1936

C. Rose Distributor Plaza Beverage opens for business at 178 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY, selling Mission and Plaza Soda.

1948
Partnering with the King
January 20, 1948

Clare Rose and his wife Millie were approached by Anheuser-Busch and Piels to distribute their beer.

Moving Day
February 18, 1948

Clare Rose moved to 72 West Avenue in Patchogue, NY, where it became the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler for Eastern Suffolk County.

1960
International Partnership
May 19, 1960

Clare Rose acquired Heineken for Eastern Suffolk County. The first Heineken delivery was made from the back of a salesman’s car.

1964
Expanding The Boundaries
June 13, 1964

Anheuser-Busch appointed Clare Rose to cover the western half of Suffolk County.

New Fleet
July 29, 1964

Clare Rose’s fleet was comprised of 3 new trucks.

Name Change
August 23, 1964

The company’s name changed to Clare Rose Inc.

1965
End of An Era
March 7, 1965

After 30 years Clare Rose retires, Mark Rose joins the business working in operations.

Making Room
May 3, 1965

Clare Rose Inc. builds a new warehouse (6300 sq. feet).

1968
The Second Generation
December 21, 1968

Later, upon returning from the army, Clare’s son Ric also joined the business.

1970
Branding
May 10, 1970

Mark Rose designed the Clare Rose Inc. logo.

1972
25 Years with the King
August 6, 1972

Clare Rose receives the 25-year award from August Busch Jr. in Houston, Texas.

1974
Milestone
April 30, 1974

1 million cases were sold for the first time in the company’s history.

1975
Expanding
January 15, 1975

The second expansion of the warehouse was completed.

1978
3 Million Sold
February 17, 1978

Clare Rose reached another milestone: the 3rd millionth case was sold to Tom Meehan, the owner of the Emerald Pub in Centereach.

1980
New Offices
May 1, 1980

Clare Rose built new offices and redesigned the warehouse to adjust to the growth of the company. The building was dedicated to Millie Rose.

‘The Mick’
August 1, 1980

Mickey Mantel comes to Clare Rose and helps introduce Natural Light.

1982
Going Green
June 3, 1982

The state of New York enacted a new bottle law that mandated the responsibility for a five-cent deposit on cans and bottles rested with the wholesaler, not the bottler or brewer. This led us to build a recycling plant.

1986
50 Years!
May 25, 1986

Clare Rose Inc. Celebrates their 50th year in business.

1991
A Street By Any Other Name…
July 3, 1991

West Ave was renamed Clare Rose Blvd. for all of our accomplishments and contributions to the Village of Patchogue.

It’s Official…
August 20, 1991

Clare Rose Inc. became the official Anheuser-Busch wholesaler for Nassau County.

1995
Moving Around Long Island
October 10, 1995

Clare Rose Inc. of Nassau moved to its present location in Melville.

2002
Helping to Heal Long Island
August 9, 2002

On August 9th 2002, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center to celebrate the opening of their new emergency facility, the Clare F. Rose Emergency, Trauma & Chest Pain Pavilion. The Keynote Speaker of this ceremony was none other than The Honorable George E. Pataki, Governor of the State of New York.

2003
The Next Generation
April 2, 2003

The third generation of the Rose family took over Clare Rose Inc.. Sean Rose became the Chairman of the Board, and Lisa Rose became the Chief Executive Officer.

2009
We’re Number One!
September 29, 2009

Clare Rose Inc. received the Red Star Award from Heineken, which recognized us for being the best wholesaler of Heineken in the USA, based on performance. Furthermore, we became the number one wholesaler for Heineken Light in the USA.

2010
Breaking Ground
April 3, 2010

Clare Rose Inc. breaks ground for the start of their new facility in East Yaphank, NY.

A New Home
June 16, 2010

Clare Rose Inc. moved to its new, state-of-the-art 269,563 square foot facility in East Yaphank, NY.

YMCA
September 26, 2010

Clare Rose Inc. donates new pool to YMCA in Patchogue, NY. It was named in honor of Clare’s late wife, Mildred Rose.

2011
75 Years of Service
January 8, 2011

Clare Rose Inc. proudly celebrated its 75th anniversary in business.

As far as I’m concerned Clare Rose is one of the finest businesses I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with.

Lisa Molloy
Islip, NY

Clare Rose is helpful no matter whether I call or speak to the salesman. They rotate everything and it’s great because I don’t have to worry. They do a really good job of taking care of us.

Joe Clarkson
Smithtown, NY

I’ve been dealing with Clare Rose since 1975 and they’ve been perfect. They’re always bringing out new products and talking up their products. I have no problems with them whatsoever.

Vicent Russo
Roslyn, NY
Clare Rose Inc.
100 Rose Executive Blvd.
East Yaphank, NY 11967

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