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Oct 6, 2015 12:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Opening Dates Announced For Southampton, East Hampton Stop And Shop Stores

Waldbaums in East Hampton Village LAURA WEIR
Oct 6, 2015 5:42 PM

Stop & Shop is slated to open its new South Fork locations at two former Waldbaum’s stores by the end of next week.

Company spokeswoman Arlene Putterman confirmed Tuesday that Stop & Shop will be opening in both Southampton and East Hampton villages on Friday, October 16. Stop & Shop will be taking over the Waldbaum’s stores on Thursday after they close on Wednesday evening no later than 5 p.m.

Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC acquired the two stores in July after the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, or A&P, which owned Waldbaum’s, filed for bankruptcy and announced it was closing all of its stores. Stop & Shop acquired a total of 25 stores from A&P in the greater New York City area for $146 million.

A&P had the Southampton supermarket, which is on Jagger Lane, since 1970 and the East Hampton one, located on Newtown Lane, since 1966.

From Thursday to next week, Ms. Putterman said, Stop & Shop will be cleaning up the stores, repainting them, and working on stocking new inventory. For now, no other changes will be made to the buildings. “We’re just concentrating on getting the store open,” she said.

Ms. Putterman said Stop & Shop will be hiring to fill positions throughout both stores. Anyone who is interested in applying can do so in person at the Hampton Bays store on Montauk Highway, or the Riverhead store on Old Country Road, and online at stopandshop.com. The store managers will remain the same, though, the spokesperson said.

Back in July when the announcement was made about the acquisition, Ms. Putterman said Stop & Shop was looking to increase its presence on the South Fork.

“Part of why we selected both Southampton and East Hampton was because it allows us to expand our stores in the Hamptons area,” she had said. “We’re always looking for opportunities to grow our existing business.”

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By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Oct 6, 15 1:12 PM
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What's the hurry? These stores need a big makeover before they can even approach respectability. A week is not even enough time to give them the cleaning they sorely need.
By VOS (1232), WHB on Oct 6, 15 9:27 PM
You would be amazed at what can be accomplished with a professional crew in five days.
By Mr. Z (11698), North Sea on Oct 6, 15 10:54 PM
Good news about the stores opening next week. Its important to get the stores running ASAP for the people who do not have access to transportation and can't afford cabs to Bridgehampton or Hampton Bays for groceries. I noticed that as the Waldbaum's was winding down the shelves were being cleaned. so I presume that to a certain extent some cleaning and maintenance is being done.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Oct 8, 15 10:25 AM