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Jul 20, 2015 2:42 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Stop And Shop To Take Over Southampton And East Hampton Waldbaum's

The Waldbaum's on Jagger Lane in Southampton Village. ALYSSA MELILLO
Jul 22, 2015 9:22 AM

Stop & Shop announced Monday that it will acquire the Waldbaum’s supermarkets in Southampton and East Hampton villages, just a day after the company that owns Waldbaum’s filed for bankruptcy.

The acquisitions are part of an agreement between Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC and the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, or A&P, in which Stop & Shop acquired 25 stores in the greater New York City area for $146 million.

The Waldbaum’s stores in Southampton and East Hampton both will become Stop & Shop supermarkets, most likely by the end of the year.

A&P has had the Southampton supermarket, which is on Jagger Lane, since 1970 and the East Hampton one, located on Newtown Lane, since 1966.

There is also a Waldbaum’s on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach that will remain open under its current name and continue to be owned by A&P.

The deal comes in light of A&P filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Sunday, for what several news outlets have reported is the second time in five years. According to a press release from A&P, the company will sell a total of 120 stores for $600 million.

A&P will close 25 additional stores, five of them on Long Island. The closest of those is the Waldbaum’s on Old Country Road in Riverhead.

The company currently operates 296 stores under several different brand names in addition to Waldbaum’s, including Pathmark, Superfresh, Food Basics, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, and its namesake brand, A&P.

According to a press release from Stop & Shop, the agreement with A&P is still subject to further terms and conditions set forth in court approval of the bankruptcy case, as well as a court-supervised sale process.

“Upon completion of the transaction, Stop & Shop plans to convert these Waldbaum’s, Pathmark and A&P stores into Stop & Shop stores,” the release said. “Additional details regarding the conversions will be announced at a later date. The sale is currently expected to close within the second half of 2015.”

Arlene Putterman, a spokesperson for Stop & Shop, said that once the agreement is finalized, it will still be a while before Stop & Shop actually takes over the two stores, as the company will have to inventory the merchandise at each one and transfer systems over, as well as to train employees. Existing Waldbaum’s employees, she added, will have the opportunity to work in the new Stop & Shop stores if they wish. Stop & Shop already has a South Fork location on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

“Part of why we selected both Southampton and East Hampton was because it allows us to expand our stores in the Hamptons area,” said Ms. Putterman—who added that she is familiar with the Southampton Waldbaum’s, because she has a second home in Noyac and regularly shops there. “We’re always looking for opportunities to grow our existing business.”

Meghan Gavigan, a spokesperson for A&P, would not elaborate on why the Southampton and East Hampton Waldbaum’s stores were selected for the Stop & Shop acquisition, as the company is not commenting on the sales of specific stores, she said.

Officials from both Southampton and East Hampton villages said that if Stop & Shop seeks to make changes to the existing buildings, then it will have to go through the appropriate regulatory boards to gain those approvals. Southampton Village officials have already been talking with the owner of the present Waldbaum’s on Jagger Lane about possibly expanding it to accommodate more storage, according to Village Trustee Nancy McGann.

The Southampton Waldbaum’s had sought an expansion in the early 1990s, but the village turned it down, and now the current Village Board is being blamed for it, Ms. McGann said. Because of that, she and Mayor Mark Epley have met with the owner of the store over the last few weeks about the possibility of expanding it—Ms. McGann suggested adding a second floor for offices and storage—as there is apparently a lack of storage space for the 22,000-square-foot building.

The fact that Stop & Shop is coming in, plus the possible expansion, are “a good step in the right direction,” Ms. McGann said. “Maybe this will make everyone happy,” she said.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the upcoming change in Southampton will affect plans for the Tuckahoe Center, a proposed shopping center that would include a grocery store. King Kullen was once a possible tenant, but its agreement with the developer expired.

Ms. McGann said she doesn’t think Stop & Shop’s presence in Southampton will dampen plans for the Tuckahoe Center. In fact, she said a new grocery store could be a good addition to Schmidt’s, Citarella and now Stop & Shop in the immediate vicinity. However, she is opposed to the location of the center, which would be on County Road 39 with entrances and exits on Magee Street.

“We could use maybe another one, but not on that highway,” she said. “Not there.”

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Thank God. About friggin time.

:starts slow clap:
By johnj (909), Westhampton on Jul 20, 15 3:08 PM
So Waldbaum's will close its Riverhead store and sell the East Hampton and Southampton stores to Stop and Shop. Nobody wants the abysmal Westhampton Beach location. I'd say it's gone before the new year.
By VOS (1126), WHB on Jul 20, 15 3:28 PM
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The Westhampton store is leagues above both the EH and SH locations, which furthers my claim that bad mgmt. was to blame at those stores. And I can't see how the WH locals could survive without it nor would they be wanting to see it go.
By johnj (909), Westhampton on Jul 21, 15 11:42 AM
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So does this mean we can forget about that ridiculous Tuckahoe grocery store idea?
By Dafsgirl (61), Southampton on Jul 20, 15 3:38 PM
No, because the demonstrated merits of the new one doesn't go away. Maybe the condition of the current store inside the village will get better, but it does nothing for addressing the needs of residents outside of the village.
By Rickenbacker (245), Southampton on Jul 20, 15 4:24 PM
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I don't live in the village and I don't need another supermarket. I drive to Waldbaum's or to Bridgehampton. I'm fine without having a supermarket close to my house. What's the big deal? You just get in the car and drive there. It's not like you have to drive over to Riverhead or Westhampton to shop. I shop in Hampton Bays, too. I think we're pretty lucky to have all the supermarkets we have in the area. I grew up with one supermarket serving a couple of towns. We managed.
By btdt (425), water mill on Jul 20, 15 4:33 PM
I think they should build a supermarket and a K-Mart in watermill. Then the whole town can "just get in the car and drive" to your neighborhood and clog up the streets
By CaptainSig (687), Dutch Harbor on Jul 20, 15 5:14 PM
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Wow, Rickenbacker, I just read all your comments on the subject of the Tuckahoe Center. This has gotten to be too important to you, try to relax, take walks at the beach, play your guitar. Groceries are too consuming of your time, call Pea Pod or just get out and practice sitting in traffic ;)
By TheTurtle (132), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 10:09 PM
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Good news. The Waldbaum's in East Hampton blows.
By AMR (3), miami beach on Jul 20, 15 3:52 PM
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The store is too small, but they did have some good sale prices...
By Arnold Timer (306), Sag Harbor on Jul 31, 15 8:49 PM
Soon enough the doors of the WHB store will be shut if not sold. Hopefully the Mayor and her new Trustees who ran on reviving the Village have a handle on this. (so far since she has become Mayor the vacancies have risen). With the medical center moving I see a lot of vacancies already in and around the Village and its not even February yet. And Mayor don't use the sewer system as an excuse until you show the taxpayers where you are getting the $50+ million to install them.
By realistic (453), westhampton on Jul 20, 15 4:11 PM
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Maybe we could get a remodeled grocery store and the steak restaurant that was squashed over a year ago by regulations. Hopefully the heavy hand of government will be relaxed before this place is an even bigger ghost town. Politicians need to take into account the livability of it's citizens.
By nycleo (5), Westhampton Beach on Jul 29, 15 5:36 PM
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Wow...awesome!
By Mouthampton (409), Southampton on Jul 20, 15 4:18 PM
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I liked the Riverhead Waldbaum's. Never too busy, always had what I needed and had a quick-moving self-checkout. And Polish food. I'll be sorry to see it go. Unless Trader Joe's moves in, but we know how unlikely that us, since people have been trying to get Trader Joe's in Riverhead since 2009 and TJ's couldn't care less.
By btdt (425), water mill on Jul 20, 15 4:27 PM
doesn't anyone else know corporations are evil?

they are not benefiting the people or the environment

wake up and stop being so greedy

don't want to pay up?
leave the hamptons and go way upstate
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 20, 15 4:58 PM
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We won't get away with living in the past with the population increasing the way it has been. Don't want to deal with population growth, you're right, there are lots of unpopulated and undeveloped areas upstate.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 6:21 PM
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Went into the Waldbaum's in Riverbed recently. Store seemed nice enough, but it was a ghost town. I can't remember seeing a store that big and that dead.
By Mets fan (1270), Southampton on Jul 20, 15 5:02 PM
And that's exactly what will happen in Tuckahoe. Nobody needs a giant market to run in for a couple of things. People go where there are other shopping options for them, not just one, for their major shopping. Something from Best Yet and Costco, King Kullen, and the Polish delis say, in Riverhead along with cheaper gas, and maybe a stop in Tanger or the Motor Vehicle Bureau or a less expensive car wash. Or in the case of Hampton Bays, a stop in Stop 'n Shop and/or King Kullen, Wild By Nature ...more
By June Bug (2190), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 20, 15 6:33 PM
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I'm driving to HB just for Stop and Shop. I'm sure I'm not alone.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 6:22 PM
Excellent news on several fronts. The market in the village will be updated by Stop and Shop, and the resented Tuckahoe shopping center proposal will have no basis for being given a zoning change by our developer friendly town board.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jul 20, 15 8:12 PM
Except that correcting the condition of Waldbaum's in the village is not and never has been one of the goals of the Tuckahoe Center. The basis for the new shopping center still exists for all the reasons previously expressd and is not affected by a condition change in the village. Unlike maybe some people who feel like you, I know there are many families that are hoping the zone change is approved, that the reality of supporting the needs of an increasing residential density in the area is actually ...more
By Rickenbacker (245), Southampton on Jul 25, 15 10:32 AM
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One of the "traffic experts", testifying for the Tuckahoe center said "at some point traffic cannot get any worse."
I'd like to duct tape him to traffic light support post during one of our six hour closures of CR 39. He could see how happy we all are.
More CR 39 outs and ins = more accidents and closures. No expert opinion needed, a 10 year old could tell you.
The Supervisor's solution of borrowed portable traffic message boards would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic. Permanent ...more
By TheTurtle (132), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 4:47 AM
My husband and I "came home" in June and July. He loves to join his Korea War Veterans in the Fourth of July Parade and of course we have to be there for graduation day and the new great grand baby, but the TRAFFIC! Yes, we miss what we had in the good old days but not the way the traffic on Cty. Rd. 39 is today.Workers who can't get to work n time because there was a bad accident on that rd., and the other things that make for a bad travel day.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 22, 15 5:39 PM
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I'm not sure how I feel about the center, but every single trip to S&S and KK ARE CR 39 outs and ins for most of us
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 6:24 PM
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Our Supervisor is a political prostitute, she was paid and provided a service, next!!
By bigfresh (3834), north sea on Jul 21, 15 6:01 AM
Now she's trying to run for congress on the Democratic ticket - and she's not even a Democrat. Fortunately, a better qualified candidate is also running, David Calone, Chairman of the Suffolk County Planning board and successful businessman in his own right. It's about time the Press starts writing about him.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jul 21, 15 4:04 PM
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Anyone know when the Tuckahoe vote will be?
By June Bug (2190), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 21, 15 11:08 AM
What Tuckahoe vote?
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 6:26 PM
The way the Supreme Court decided Citizens United is a disgrace. Now ALL politicians are public panhandlers all year long. So long to Democracy.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 21, 15 2:59 PM
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Yes - democracy WAS a good idea - wasn't it? Wow how could Waldbaum's fail? Only market in town? Remember when we had three (3) markets?

Gristedes that used to be where Rite Aid is now - that was the Estate Section market - most of their business was delivery.

Then there was IGA where CVS is now - they had the best deals on produce, especially seasonal local produce - and a better produce department than Waldbaum's ever did in terms of quality for the price.

Then there ...more
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Jul 30, 15 1:50 PM
We can only hope that Stop and Shop is more "Fresh Obsessed" than Waldbaums was. Liquid lettuce is not fresh!
By Arnold Timer (306), Sag Harbor on Jul 31, 15 8:52 PM