On the eve of the opening of the Stop & Shop on Shore Road in Port Washington the supermarket company is presenting to the Village of Port Washington North waterfront property valued in excess of $1 million as part of its overall development project. Stop & Shop also provided a $100,000 check to Village officials for use in the ongoing betterment of the community.
"This transfer marks an unprecedented level of cooperation between a Long Island municipality and company that was committed to recycling aging industrial property," stated Frank Maglio, manager Real Estate Development, New York Metro Division of Stop & Shop. "Mayor Thomas Pellegrino and his administration not only saw the value of introducing a 21st century retail amenity to the community but the opportunity to re-create the waterfront for every resident and taxpayer. The result is a public-private partnership that speaks to the strength, vision and commitment of both parties."
Mayor Thomas Pellegrino stated, "The Village of Port Washington North is engaged in a strategic effort to open up the entire historic Port Washington harbor to residents and visitors alike. The Baywalk Project has been significantly enhanced due to Stop & Shop's transfer of prime waterfront to the community totaling some 1,000 feet along Shore Road."
In addition to the land transfer and $100,000 in community enhancement revenues, Stop & Shop is establishing a new scholarship at Schreiber 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.
The Stop & Shop store on Shore Road will also have on display a photographic display depicting the historic moments in the community's rich history as a means of paying tribute to prior generations who have built the Village into a much sought after residential community.
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 doors to the Shore Road Stop & Shop 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.