Stop & Shop Announces $140 Million Capital Investment in New York Stores
Stop and Shop Bay Plaza
Stop and Shop Bay Plaza
Newly renovated stores will feature thousands of culturally relevant items from around the world and showcase value for local customers
A supermarket also pledges $1 million to fight hunger in New York
NEW YORK, June 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stop & Shop today announced a $140 million capital investment in its New York stores to improve the shopping experience for local customers by a focus on adding thousands of new items from around the world to ensure that each store’s assortment reflects the diversity of the neighborhood it serves. The store renovations will provide a new look to customers and will also highlight the value of promotional bins and the addition of the Flashfood program which offers fresh food at up to 50% off. The Stop & Shop’s Bay Plaza store in the Bronx is the first to be renovated and will celebrate its grand reopening with a ribbon cutting on June 10, with additional improvements in the boroughs over the next two years. In addition to investing in its stores, Stop & Shop has committed $1 million to address food insecurity in New York City this year through several local initiatives and community partnerships.
Stop & Shop began operations in New York more than two decades ago and currently operates 25 stores in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island – and door-to-door delivery in all five boroughs. Stop & Shop employs over 3,300 associates in the city.
“We’re proud to make such a significant investment in New York, and we’re excited to show customers that we can be the one-stop-shop for everything they need and that we provide great value, especially in today’s environment. economic environment,” said Gordon Reid, President of Stop & Shop. “We are also committed to addressing borough hunger and as part of our $1 million commitment, we are investing nearly half a million in the city’s public schools and colleges to ensure local students have consistent access to healthy food so they can succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Central to Stop & Shop’s improvements to its New York stores is a significantly expanded assortment with thousands of new items in store to better meet the needs of the diverse neighbors it serves. Stop & Shop’s Bay Plaza store in the Bronx, for example, will offer a new “world market” with authentic products from 14 different regions suitable for its neighbors and those looking for unique products for globally-inspired cuisine. The global market will include a wide range of Caribbean and Caribbean products, including items specific to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, as well as halal meat, dairy and groceries. As part of the Maspeth, Queens renovation, Stop & Shop will expand its Chinese and South American offerings, and customers in Sheepshead Bay will be able to enjoy more Eastern European and Kosher foods. In addition, the stores will also carry hundreds of items made locally in the New York metro area, including Yolélé’s West African Fonio Chips and New York-based Mike’s Amazing® Vegetable Oils and Mayonnaise.
New York’s Stop & Shop stores will also focus on value, offering more sale bins and special values on relevant products highlighted in a weekly New York-specific flyer ad. Stop & Shop is also the first retailer in New York’s five boroughs to offer instant food, which gives customers access to fresh produce, meat, dairy, baked goods and other items close to their best before date at discounts of up to 50%. The mobile app not only helps regular shoppers save more than $500 a year on their grocery bills, it reinforces Stop & Shop’s commitment to reducing food waste by 50% by 2030. Flashfood will be launched at the Bay Plaza store on June 10 and will expand to other New York stores later this year.
Stop & Shop is also making a significant investment in the community outside of its stores with a pledge of $1 million in 2022 to address food insecurity in the boroughs. Longtime Food Bank partner for New York City, Stop & Shop will once again sponsor the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry – an eight-week distribution of fresh produce and pantry staples – which will begin at Ozone Park, Queens, June 24. Stop & Shop is also launching a new food safety initiative in partnership with Montefiore Hospital and Quincy Asian Resources which is set to begin at PS199X in the South Bronx – and significantly expands the Stop & Shop School Pantry Program in the boroughs. The program was created to help limit barriers that affect students’ ability to succeed in the classroom by ensuring they have consistent access to food. By the end of the year, Stop & Shop will support more than 30 New York City school pantries.
Stop & Shop’s investment in New York will be celebrated at the Bay Plaza Store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community leaders and elected officials at 2136 Bartow Avenue in the Bronx at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022. Customers are invited to join the celebration on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, to enjoy product samples, free giveaways and live music.
About Stop & Shop
A neighborhood grocer for over 100 years, Stop & Shop offers a wide assortment with an emphasis on fresh, healthy options at great value. Stop & Shop’s GO Rewards loyalty program offers personalized offers and allows customers to earn points that can be redeemed for gas or groceries every time they shop. Stop & Shop customers can choose how and where they want to shop – in-store or online for same-day delivery or collection. The company is committed to making an impact in its communities by fighting hunger, supporting our troops, and investing in childhood cancer research to help find a cure. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is an Ahold Delhaize USA company and employs 58,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.
Flashfood is a mobile app that tackles the growing problem of food waste by connecting local shoppers with grocery items nearing their best before date. Founded in 2016, Flashfood is present in more than 1,210 grocery stores across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin and Canada. Flashfood has diverted 40 million pounds of food, saved shoppers millions of dollars on groceries and fed hundreds of thousands of families cheaply. Flashfood partners include Meijer, The GIANT Company, Tops Friendly Markets, SpartanNash, Giant Eagle and Loblaw Corp. Flashfood is available on iOS and Android. Learn more about www.flashfood.com.
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