our history

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1900s


Customers shopped daily at their corner store since few had “ice boxes.” Our stores sold fresh produce and dry goods, while butchers sold meats and poultry.

1914

The Rabinovitz family opens the first Economy Grocery Store in Somerville, MA.

1918

The company grows to 32 stores.

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1920s


Meyer Tempkin, store manager, perfects his store’s fresh produce display. Notice the sales signs for meats and chicken. And the prices, too.

1925

Sidney Rabb, “Mr. Sidney”, is named Chairman and remains so for the next 60 years.

1929

We continue to grow through the start of the Great Depression – peaking at 435 stores.

1930s


In 1935, we open RH White Foodmart, New England's first and largest self-service supermarket, featuring rock-bottom prices, more products and parking for 1,000 cars.

1937

We continue to grow throughout MA, and open in VT and NH.

1939

We start our Quarter Century Club for those who have worked here for 25 years. Fifteen employees receive this special recognition. In 2014, 159 people will be honored.

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1940s


During WWII, sugar, butter and meat were rationed. Paper was in short supply. Customers were urged to send holiday treats overseas to our men in uniform.

1941

The first Stop & Shop opens in CT.

1942

Stop & Shop, Inc. becomes the official name of the company.

1949

Sales hit $50 million.

1950s


In 1959, Stop & Shop opens its 100th store in Natick, MA.

1950s

We move out to the suburbs as the baby boom begins and new highways are built.

1955

We start building a new grocery warehouse in Readville, MA.

1956

Expansion into RI begins.

1959

The Consumer Affairs Department is launched.

We build a new fully-automatic bread plant with the largest capacity of any bread bakery in New England – 7,200 loaves in one hour.

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1960s


In 1965 mini-pricing is introduced with great fanfare. This new pricing strategy combines agressively low prices with increased promotional efforts.

1963

We develop the Consumer Board Program – the nation’s first network promoting face-to-face dialogue between management and consumers.

1965

Mini-pricing is introduced.

1966

“Stores of Tomorrow” open with wider aisles and new layouts to make shopping a more satisfying experience.

1968

We begin construction on a fully mechanized grocery distribution center with a completely computerized inventory system in New Haven, CT.

1970s


Customers prefer our Stop & Shop Economy line of products, since “honest values are what Stop & Shop is all about.”

1971

We build the most technically sophisticated meat processing and distribution plant in Marlboro, MA.

1976

On January 5, 1976 at 3:27 p.m., sales reach $1 billion.

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1980s


A new super store in Chestnut Hill, MA opens, offering specialty food shops and a broad selection of general merchandise.

1982

The first Super Stop & Shop opens in Pembroke, MA.

1984

We surpass $3 billion in sales.

1986

All stores and corporate headquarters are now “computerized”.

1990s


Peapod celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It’s the first company to launch virtual grocery stores in the U.S.

1995

We move into Long Island, New York with the purchase of Melmarkets and its 17 Foodtown stores.

1996

The company is acquired by Royal Ahold NV.

Peapod, in partnership with Stop & Shop, begins delivering groceries in Boston.

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2000s


Stop & Shop pioneers SCAN IT! technology. Using this handheld device, shoppers can scan and bag their purchases and checkout in less time.

2001

We begin an aggressive expansion into the New York Metro region.

We open the first Low Energy Super Store in Foxboro, MA.

2004

We open a new, state-of-the-art distribution and transportation facility in Freetown, MA.

2008

We change our logo from a stoplight to the “wedge” design.

2010s


Shoppers can shop with their smartphones using SCAN IT! Mobile.

2011

We expand into New Jersey and Staten Island with new acquisitions.

We partner with Shell to expand our Gas Rewards program.

2013

We launch our Facebook page.

2014

We celebrate our 100th Anniversary.

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