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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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