Jewish grocers, bakers and other food merchants who deal in chometz must sell their chometz before Pesach. If they fail to do so, these chometz products are forbidden even after Pesach. In such an event, purchases of chometz goods should not be made for the period of time it normally takes for complete replenishment of such stock. It is therefore preferable when purchasing from a Jewish merchant to deal with a proprietor who is known to have sold his chometz before Pesach, and who sells no chometz during the holiday. The prohibition against chometz applies to all products prepared or baked during Pesach. This means that you may not purchase bread after Pesach if baked by a Jewish-owned firm during Pesach. Please check with your Rabbi when you may resume purchasing products from that establishment.
The following stores are acceptable for purchasing chometz immediately after Pesach:
- Dave’s Market **
- Heinen’s *
- Marc’s *
- Sam’s Club
- Save A Lot
- Trader Joe’s
- Walmart (South Euclid)*
- Whole Foods
- Zagara’s *
*The kosher aisle in these stores is stocked through a Jewish owned distributor who participates in a Mechiras Chometz of the business. Please consult your Rabbi for further information.
** This store, which is Jewish owned participates in a Mechiras Chometz of the business. Please consult your Rabbi for further information.
Our current information is that Vienna Distributing will not participate in a Mechiras Chometz this year.
All local certified shomer Shabbos establishments are acceptable for the purchase of chometz immediately after Pesach.