New England Council Member Stop & Shop celebrated its 100-year anniversary this weekend–an impressive milestone in New England’s competitive grocery market.
The grocery chain—which has 213 stores in New England and nearly 400 total—began marking the centennial in May with various philanthropic and celebratory events leading up to the official “birthday” on September 6. The company’s promotions included selling retro and limited edition products, holding a free summer concert series, and most notably, launching “100 Days of Giving.” Through this campaign, Stop and Shop donated $1,000 to 100 New England non-profit organizations—on top of the $15 million in donations they made to local organizations this year. On September 6, the New England stores celebrated with free cake and balloons for customers, a sweepstake for all Stop and Shop members who shopped that day, and a presentation of a $1,000 check to the Somerville YMCA.
“For 100 years our company has been dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities we serve,” said Joe Kelley, President of the Stop & Shop New England Division. “Our anniversary theme is Fresh Ideas for a 100 Years. This will serve as our springboard to showcase our continued commitment to being a better place to shop, a better place to work, and a better neighbor.”
The New England Council commends Stop and Shop on its continued exceptional service, congratulates them on 100 years of serving the New England region, and looks forward to many more.