Stop & Shop, since 1892
Last Updated on March 4, 2021
February 27, 2021
One hundred and twenty-nine years ago…
In 1892, Solomon and Jeanie Rabinowitz opened a grocery shop called the Greenie Store, located at 134 Salem Street in Boston’s North End. The Greenie Store operated at this location until 1908.
In 1914, the Ravinowitz family founded Stop & Shop in Somerville, Massachusetts as the Economy Grocery Stores Company.
A year later, several more stores were opened and by 1917, the chain had 15 stores. At first, the stores sold only grocery items but soon added meats, produce, milk, dairy, and some frozen foods.
Each store measured about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet and was located in the downtown and inner-city areas in Boston and Springfield.
By 1946, the Stop & Shop chain had grown to 86 supermarkets.
By 1959, Stop & Shop had 100 stores and that were opening in shopping plazas in suburban areas. The chain expanded into New York, Conneticut and Rhode Island in the 1960s.
Shop & Stop bought out the now-defunct Bradlees stores and began offering non-food items in their supermarkets. Stop & Shop also operated the Medi-Mart pharmacy chain and the Perkins Tobacco chain.
In 1980, Stop & Shop had opened supermarkets in New Jersey, with many of them located next door to their then-co-owned Bradlees Department stores.
In 1982, Stop & Shop sold most of the stores in New Jersey that were profitable to A&P. A few stores were sold to Shop Rite and Foodtown owners. Other stores were closed and the buildings used for other purposes.
In 1982, Stop & Shop built its first superstore in Pembroke, Massachusetts. Some of their superstores measured up to 80,000 square feet. In addition to the customary supermarket offerings, the superstores featured bakeries, pharmacies, delis, cafes, a salad bar and a selection of general merchandise. Some of the superstores also included a bank and expanded liquor and beer selections, among other things.
Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, the traditional supermarkets were converted into superstores, others were demolished and new stores built in the same or a nearby location.
In the late 1980s, while Kohlberg Kravis Roberts explored merger possibilities with Safeway, Stop & Shop was sold at public offering.
By 1990, Stop & Shop operated in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts. and one store in New York state.
In 2000, the Stop & Shop chain was brought back
to the New York area.
In 2006, a contract was signed to have Starbucks coffee shops inside Stop & Shop grocery stores. Many of the Stop & Shop locations already featured a Dunkin’ Donuts shop.
In May 2006, Stop & Shop began piloting the Shopping Buddy, a personal shopping assistant program, in select stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Shopping Buddy allows customers to track their purchases and do in-cart bagging as they move through the store.
By late 2013, Stop & Shop operated stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. All six of the remaining New Hampshire stores had closed in August 2013. And so ended Stop & Shop’s presence in northern New England.
On September 22, 2015, a judge in federal bankruptcy court approved the sale of 25 A&P stores to Stop & Shop and 70 A&P stores to competitor Acme Markets. As of March 2018, Stop & Shop operated 411 stores which were located in the three southern New England states, as well as in downstate New York and northern New Jersey.
By late 2013, Stop & Shop operated stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.
October 2018 saw new things happening at Stop & Shop stores in Hartford, Connecticut. The stores added new features such as cafes, in-store meat smokers, smoothie bars and taqueria stations. A new version of the old logo was also implemented at these stores which served as a test market for the entire chain.
Today, there are 418 Stop & Shop stores, all owned by Ahold Delhaize and all located in the United States’ Northeast.
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