A ribbon that is actually a ten-foot long cash register receipt will be cut the evening of Wednesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. by village officials, community, education, business and civic leaders along with members of the Stop & Shop Supermarket management team to mark the opening of their much awaited supermarket at 65 Shore Road, Port Washington.
The special community preview is open to the public and will feature refreshments, an historic retrospective on "the Port," the big band sounds of "Rhythm, Reeds and Brass" and the introduction of a Stop & Shop scholarship for local high school seniors who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community service. The doors will officially open to the public on Thursday, March 25, with shelves containing Stop & Shop's vast array of produce, poultry and all the traditional products found in its super stores. The 66,000 square foot building will also house a pharmacy, deli, bakery, seafood, health and beauty care, natural foods department, portrait studio, floral department and more.
Paul Niewierowski, the Port Washington store manager of the Stop & Shop, explained that the thought and care that has gone into the Super Stop & Shop reflects the heart and soul of community it serves. "Long ago we figured out that a supermarket is not just the sum of its parts. While fresh produce and a fast moving deli counter are critical - a supermarket defines the community. This is where friends meet - this is where dinner is decided - this is where potential homebuyers go to figure out whether they want to move into town," he said.
Niewierowski observed, "We have a profoundly important responsibility here. In addition to getting the freshest and the finest - we are also - in effect the town square where who we are as a community is reflected in the aisles, at the checkout counter and in the faces of the people who work and shop here. It also is reflected in how we support the community and those institutions that are important to its future. That is why we support organizations, institutions and programs that protect the community's quality of life.
Stop & Shop is establishing a new scholarship at Shreiber High School that will endow $500 for at least the next 20 years to a Port Washington senior who is going onto higher education and has assisted their community through volunteer public service. Representatives of the school district will be on hand to accept the donation and Stop & Shop looks forward to handing out the first scholarship at Awards Day on June 2.
In addition, the Port Washington Super Stop & Shop will unveil a series of panels whose photography depict the historic moments in the community's rich history. The exhibit will be on permanent display as part of a lasting tribute to the unique heritage of the community, one that has added immeasurably tot he region.
Long Island wide, Stop & Shop also sponsors the award-winning Flight of Aces program that honors Long Island veterans, retired defense workers and their families through flights aboard vintage World War II aircraft at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport. In addition, Stop & Shop's charitable giving program includes a sustained commitment to supporting hunger relief efforts throughout the region thanks to efforts such as "Food for Friends" that celebrate Stop & Shop's spirit of giving, community and teamwork. Through these and other programs, Stop & Shop contributes millions of dollars in product, dollars and services to support hunger relief efforts in Suffolk, Nassau and throughout the company's service area.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, based in Quincy, MA, employs more than 57,000 associates and operates 342 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.