Welcome to Walter Stewart’s Market

Welcome to Walter Stewart’s market. We’re your award-winning fresh local family market, offering the very best products and services since 1907. Our family and staff have enjoyed serving our community with a smile and a helping hand for over a century.

Full Service

The initial idea for Walter Stewart’s Market was to house the baker, the butcher, the grocer and others under the same roof. Over time, our departments have expanded to include local finds, organic options, as well as specialty products from around the world. As a true community market, we have many seasonal options and features each week to add to your menu. Don’t see something? Our helpful, friendly staff can help you find what you need! Our Online Store mirrors our Market with both curbside and delivery options available. We have a full service deli with a hot foods bar, fresh salad station, hot soup station, the best sandwich selection in town, fresh-from-our-kitchen prepared meals to go and our team is always ready to make your party or gathering the best! You can order online or in person daily. We are committed to offering the highest level of customer service possible and are always on the lookout for new foods and products! We love suggestions!

Stewart’s Wine & Spirits

Stewart’s Wine & Spirits, founded in 1974, moved to our new location just adjacent to Walter Stewart’s Market at 215 Elm Street in 2016. We have a helpful, knowledgeable staff with a well-curated selection of fine wine, spirits, craft beer, hard seltzers and ready to drink craft cocktails. Let our team help you plan your next event. We also offer regular wine tastings as well as online shopping with curbside and home delivery options. Get your Walter Stewart’s groceries delivered with your wine!

Our Mission

In all that we do we strive to be:

FASTER
We value our customer’s time and strive to offer the most efficient shopping experience.
FRESHER
Through meticulous sanitation, buying, and handling, we offer only the freshest products to our customers.
FRIENDLIER
By greeting and thanking our customers, we let our customers know how much we appreciate their patronage.
MORE FUN
We want our staff and customers to enjoy the fast-paced excitement of our business. Through promotions, new ideas, and events, we will make the Walter Stewart’s shopping experience fun and enjoyable.
FAIR
By respecting our customers and staff, we will always be fair and honest.
FIRST RATE
Quality is first and foremost in everything we do!
FOCUSED
We need to understand the changing needs of our business and through research and education we will consistently meet them.
FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
We must maximize profit to stay competitive and to fund future growth.

Walter Stewarts 114 Year History

As a pioneer in the New Canaan retail scene, family-owned and operated Walter Stewart’s Market takes pride in setting high standards for quality and dependability.

Founded in 1907 by an enterprising young grocer from Ireland, family patriarch, Walter Stewart, opened his “cash and carry” store on Main Street opposite Town Hall. Groceries were delivered by horse and wagon, later by Model T. Over the next 20 years Stewart established eight more stores, but the Depression forced Stewart to sell all but the original Main Street store.

Giving Back to Our Community

We are one of the oldest businesses in town and have been part of the fabric of the community since the very beginning. We are honored to help support our town and the surrounding communities’ nonprofits each day. Some of the ways we give back along with a few of our favorite nonprofits are: 

  • Preschool Tours
  • Food Drives for Person to Person and the NC Food Pantry
  • Coloring Contests for Local Community Events
  • T-Bill Donation Days Drives
  • NCHS Scholarship Foundation
  • New Canaan Community Foundation
  • The Young Women’s League
  • The Waveny Life Care Network
  • Staying Put in New Canaan
  • Horizons Enrichment Program
  • The Rotary Club of New Canaan
  • Peter’s Stocking
  • and Much More!
Walter Stewarts Market Donates to Person To Person