PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced today it will complete its multi-million dollar conversion of 25 A&P stores in the Greater New York area when it opens the final acquired store on Thursday, November 19th in Mt. Kisco, New York at 195 North Bedford Avenue.
"We've nearly completed the conversion process of all 25 acquired A&P stores to Stop & Shop stores.
On behalf of Stop & Shop, I would like to welcome all of our new associates and to thank our entire team for their tremendous efforts to ensure a smooth transition just in time for all stores to be ready for Thanksgiving. I also greatly appreciate the patience of our customers who stood by us throughout the conversion process," said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro Division.
The grand opening of the Mt. Kisco store represents the final step in renovating and rebranding all 25 former A&P stores, which lasted only six weeks and kept interruptions to customers to a minimum.
Through the conversion process Stop & Shop has offered employment to over 3,000 former A&P associates. Quality Assurance and other teams at Stop & Shop trained and certified department managers providing customers with knowledgeable experts in respective product categories. Stop & Shop will have extra staff on hand to assist new associates during the transition period while helping the stores prepare and welcome new customers for the busy holiday season.
In celebration of the grand openings, Stop & Shop made a total charitable contribution of $50,000 to 25 local non-profit organizations that are aligned with the company's commitment to improve the lives of children, support hunger relief efforts and improve the health and wellness of customers. Through these organizations Stop & Shop will touch thousands of people throughout the Greater New York area that rely on their services, programs and curriculum to improve their lives everyday.
"The acquisition of the 25 A&P stores will expand our presence in existing markets and provide our customers with a new shopping experience. We are so pleased to be part of these great communities, and we look forward to helping our customers save money, save time, and eat well everyday," added Sussman.
About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC presently employs over 59,000 associates and operates 403 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.
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SOURCE Stop & Shop