April 12, 2019

Shirley, New York

Surely, this was not originally a Stop & Shop. Surely, it's the Shirley store...
...and don't call me Shirley.

This Stop & Shop is quite fresh. If your A&P detector is going off, that only means it's working. This is the old Shirley Waldbaum's store. And by "old," we mean 1990. This was not a popular time for A&P to be building stores on Long Island. That said, there were a few, and they are certainly not without their quirks. After acquiring the Waldbaum's chain in 1986, our friends in Montvale decided that the Waldbaum's name resonated well enough with Lawn Guylanders--despite the lack of consensus regarding its pronunciation--that no newly opened stores would carry the A&P name.

For better or worse, the integration of Waldbaum's into the Tea Company family was slow-going. At the time that the Shirley store opened, the chain still retained a glimmer of independence, and this was reflected in the store design. (Sorry, no Waldbaum's Futurestores.)

The Shirley Waldbaums, along with the rest of the South Port Shopping Center, opened in 1990 on the site of the former Shirley Drive-In. The interior originally featured Waldbaum's "leaf decor" featuring the italicized lowercase department names. It received a remodel in the early 2000s.

After A&P's acquisition of Pathmark, the now-redundant Shirley Waldbaum's was sold to Stop & Shop, and it couldn't have come at a less fortunate time--the piss era, when the folks at Royal Ahold were happy as pigs in shit to plaster the interior with yellow and purple decor. Don't ask me why.

It's 2019, and we are finally flushing the toilet on this atrocity. Like the majority of Stop & Shops on Long Island, this store is receiving upgrades as part of the chain's current effort to reinvent the brand.

Waldbaum's had a thing for curves in their interiors.

A slightly different variant of the new aisle markers from what we've been seeing

Those curves.....

Newly installed faux-slate flooring

A surviving Waldbaum's relic...2000s Killion checkstands. Nice woodgrains.

Self checkouts have not been replaced yet, but with the way things have been going, it's probably only a matter of time before these IBM 600-series units make way for a corral of Toshibas.

Before we leave, a quick reminder to recycle from your friendly neighborhood A&P frog and turtle:

"This is Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population -- have your [frogs and turtles] spayed or neutered."

Shirley, New York

999 Montauk Hwy, Shirley, NY 11967
Waldbaum's > Stop & Shop

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March 26, 2019

All The Ingredients...

This commercial aired all over the New England area during the early 2000's. It marked a "new day" for Stop & Shop, which would ironically come again a few years later with the release of the homogenized fruit-bowl logo. The fruit-bowl logo marked Stop & Shop's "expanded offerings", which ironically are featured in this commercial before the logo change.

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March 19, 2019

Stop & Shop Companies Box Cutter

On the first post of Stop & Shop Memorabilia, we take a look at a rusty box cutter that might still be in use today...

This box cutter is from the early 1980's, when Stop & Shop was its own multi-million dollar company, and operated Bradlees, Medi-Marts, and Perkins Tobacco Stores. 

The cover on this box cutter is fashioned with Stop & Shop's signature Stoplight logo (however, corporate may have taken it overboard... there are a dozen circles!), and the company name. 

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