Stop & Shop roots can be traced to 1892 when Jeanie Solomon Rabinowitz opened a grocery store, called the “Greenie Store, 134 Salem Street, North End of Boston. This store is prolonged in this place until 1908. According to the company’s Web site, Stop & Shop was founded in 1914 in Somerville, Massachusetts, by the Rabinowitz family as the Economy Grocery Stores Company. Four years later, the store presents a new concept of retail: self-service, modern supermarket. The chain had grown to 86 supermarkets in 1946, when the name was officially changed to Stop & Shop.
Stop & Shop chain purchased the former Bradlees department store in 1961 and sold it in 1992. It also operates a chain of pharmacies called Medi-Mart, which were sold to Walgreens in late 1980, and snuff Perkins Stores in 1960 and 1970. Stop & Shop is now the largest food retailer based in New England. Operates over 380 stores across four of the six New England states and in the southern state of New York and northern New Jersey. The corporate headquarters is in Quincy, Massachusetts and the current distribution facility located in Assonet, MA. Until 2006, the company also operates a large warehouse located just off Interstate 91 in North Haven, Connecticut, while the company’s original store was in Readville, MA.
In late 1980, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company was acquired by leveraged buyout specialists Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Shortly thereafter, Medi-Mart was sold to Walgreens, and Bradlees was separated as its own corporation. After a period of several years in which KKR explored merger possibilities with Safeway (which also controls the time), Stop & Shop was offered to the public.
In August 2009, Stop & Shop announced closures and re-brandings much license Starbucks stores opened in 2006. In 2007, Stop & Shop made an attempt to expand further into northern New England. They built, but do not work, a single store in Rutland Vermont before selling it to rival supermarket operator Delhaize. Delhaize opened the shop under its banner Hannaford in February 2008.
In addition, in July 2007 Stop & Shop opened a single store in Kennebunk Maine. The store was closed in October 2009, citing slow sales as the main reason. At the same time, abandoned plans to build a second store in Portland Maine. Kennebunk Delhaize bought the place vacant in December 2009 and reopen the property under the banner of Hannaford in the spring of 2010. In 2010, the company of Stop & Shop parent, Ahold USA, plans to move its corporate headquarters is currently based in Quincy, Massachusetts in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in order to centralize operations of Ahold USA. UU. in one place.
Currently (as of end 2010), Stop & Shop operates stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in particular, have a strong base of Stop & Shop – almost to the point of saturating the market – and are far beyond its competitors in terms of number of stores.