QUINCY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, Sept. 6, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC celebrated its 100th birthday commemoration at stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In honor of the anniversary, all stores welcomed customers, served cake and gave out 100th anniversary balloons.
Many of the stores hosted other activities including food samplings, balloon artists and face painting for kids, and five stores had special appearances by New England Patriots alumni and cheerleaders. In addition, all customers who shopped on September 6th and purchased products with their Stop & Shop card were automatically entered into the Stop & Shop 100th Anniversary Patriots Sweepstakes. More than 80 winners will be chosen for Patriots game tickets, signed merchandise, and more.
Shop & Stop New England president Joe Kelley visited the Somerville store on McGrath Highway to join in the celebration with customers and associates. Founded in Somerville in 1914, Stop & Shop is now one of the most successful grocery retailers today.
“We were thrilled to see our customers turn out for the 100th anniversary celebrations,” said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop New England. “For the past 100 years and today, our company is dedicated to serving the community, and we will continue this commitment for years to come.”
At the Somerville store, the company awarded a surprise $1,000 donation to William Murphy, the Executive Director for the Somerville YMCA. It was part of the company’s 100 Days of Giving program to support the Y’s commitment to strengthening the lives of individuals and families in the community.
“It was a wonderful surprise to hear that the Somerville YMCA was chosen to be a part of Stop & Shop’s 100 Days of Giving program,” said William Murphy, Executive Director, Somerville YMCA. “It’s an inspiration to our staff and board to be chosen by a community business, such as Stop & Shop, for such a generous donation. We will be utilizing this grant to provide scholarships to underprivileged boys and girls from Somerville and Medford, so they will be able to participate in our youth programming.”
For more information about Stop & Shop’s 100th Anniversary, visit www.stopandshop.com/celebrate100 and www.Facebook.com/StopandShop. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #stopshop100 @stopandshop.
About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 394 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.