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Stop & Shop Renovation Begins For Reopening Planned For Mid-August

New improved store will open with expanded produce and new technology

Stop & Shop on Pine Hollow Road in Oyster Bay is closing but in the famous words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, they could be saying, “I’ll be back...”

Store manager John Buchner was getting all his ducks in a row as he prepared for the closing last Wednesday, July 11. The shelves were looking empty but there was a steady stream of customers doing their last minute shopping – or better still, next few weeks’ shopping. The store is expecting to open again in early to mid-August.

It will open again as a “More upscale store midway between the Whole Foods and Cristina’s Epicure concept but at lower prices,” said Mr. Buchner. Nick Meriates, customer service manager said, “It will have an enhanced bounty of perishables and better technology.”

Chris Jorgensen, Stop & Shop CEO of CAO (computer assisted ordering) said the systems he manages are for overall inventory that watches as product sales go through the register and are reordered. He was helping at the closing which meant that after 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, they had 24 hours to empty the store to hand it over for renovation.

The new store will work with a new Stop & Shop App for cell phones. Shoppers can pass their phone over the barcode number of the item they are purchasing and when they arrive at the register, the information is scanned into the system to instantly create a bill.

They will also have the do-it-yourself stations where customers themselves can pass their purchases through a bar coding machine to register for payment.

The men said it’s going to be a beautiful change. They are freshening up everything to create a new store and will be expanding the line to carry an organic line, a gluten-free area, a prepared food section, a full service fish center, and full service meat counter handling quality Angus beef.

Workers from the Oyster Bay store will be going to the Glen Cove and Woodbury stores as they wait for the reopening.

Allison Gameoa is one of the people going to the Glen Cove store. She was working at the customer service desk on Wednesday and said some people were going to work overnight on Thursday to get everything out of the store.

Some light deliveries were still being made on Wednesday, including a surprise one of a wheelbarrow full of hydrangea bushes that the manager told them to sell at half price, usually they sell for $25. You may soon see some lovely blue and green hydrangeas blossoming on the lawns of Oyster Bay and East Norwich.

Postcards went out to customers offering them $5 off coupons for the next four weeks on purchases over $30. Each week there is a free product: Barilla Pasta, Nabisco Oreo cookies, Tropicana pure premium orange juice and a Klondike bar package, over the four weeks. The notice included maps of where the Glen Cove (177 Forest Avenue) and Woodbury (8101 Jericho Turnpike) stores are located. Customers can use also use Peapod, the home delivery service for Stop & Shop.

“Mr. Jorgensen said, “I used to have it myself. It is delivered right to your kitchen table if you want.”

If you would like home delivery from Stop & Shop, call Peapod at 326-6995 to arrange delivery. There is a small service charge added to the cost of the foodstuffs. Many working families find it a great time saver.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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