New Stop & Shop opens doors on Friday morning
The new Stop & Shop in the Village Green plaza will open Friday morning at 7 a.m. BZ photos
The long-awaited opening of the new Stop & Shop in the Village Geen plaza will happen Friday at 7 a.m.
Stop & Shop officials and employees, Village Green owner Mark Greenberg, First Selectman Leo Paul Jr., Selectmen Jeffrey Zullo and Diane Knox, and state Rep. David T. Wilson, R-Litchfield, and many others participated in a grand-opening ceremony on Thursday.
The new 38,000 square-foot store was fully stocked and ready to go for the grand opening, which also saw the store's manager, Joe Sansone, and former Stop & Shop chief executive officer Bob Tobin of Warren deliver welcoming remarks.
The store is being billed as having a far greater selection of products than the previous 24,000 square-foot store on West Street. The old store closed Thursday at 6 p.m. With its wide aisles, subdued lighting and open design, the store represents a major improvement over the old store.
There is also a branch of People's United Bank in the store. The branch will be open seven days a week.
Hours for the store are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Participants in the grand-opening ceremony included, from left, First Selectman Leo Paul Jr., Village Green owner Mark Greenberg, Litchfield land-use administrator Dennis Tobin and state Rep. David T. Wilson, R-Litchfield.
First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. comments during the ceremony.
Store manager Joe Sansone, right, welcomes former store manager Charlie Schapp.
First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. and Bob Tobin of Warren, former chief executive officer of Stop & Shop and its parent company, Ahold USA.
People's United Bank has a branch in the store.
Edgar Auchincloss, left, of People's United Bank and state Rep. David T. Wilson.
Stop & Shop customer service representative Sherry Begey, right, joined Salvation Army of the Litchfield Hills representatives, from left, Bob Kluge, Ruth Torizzo and Teresa Spring at the grand opening. The Salvation Army collects donations at the store during the Christmas season.
Doyle Finan of Litchfield and his son, Brian, who came from Wichita, Kan., for the grand opening.
Bill and Joan Burgess of Litchfield visit the meat section.
Below, a look at some of the sections of the store.