press release

February 4, 2015

Contacts:
Arlene Putterman
Stop & Shop NY Metro Division
(914) 251-2834
[email protected]

Annmarie Seldon
Stop & Shop New England Division
(617) 276-7756
[email protected]

Stop & Shop Warms Up Your Heart with Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

“Set the Mood” with Flowers, Sweet Treats, New Products, Recipes and Express Lanes

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA (February 4, 2015) – Whether already struck by Cupid’s arrow or enjoying with family and friends, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC is ready with plenty of ideas to make this Valentine’s Day extra special. And to make it easier, each store has set up a designated Lover’s Lane Express Checkout reserved just for Valentine’s Day purchases, including flowers, bakery treats, cards and candies allowing customers to get in and out of the store quickly.

Choose the perfect bouquet

According to the National Retail Federation, the average adult intended to spend approximately $40 on Valentine’s Day last year. Come to Stop & Shop and warm up someone special with one of many HOT Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Stop & Shop is featuring single and dozen rose bouquets, rose bunches and premium roses to satisfy anyone’s budget or choose from store made arrangements, mixed flower bouquets, flowering plants, balloons and much, much more! Stop & Shop sources all of its flowers from farms whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability so you can be sure that your flower purchase is not only brightening the day of a loved one, but also being a better neighbor to the environment too.

If you’re looking for something a little more special, Stop & Shop’s team of florists can help you put together a custom arrangement. Just call your local Stop & Shop to place an order or have a floral associate help you choose the perfect bouquet.

New Stop & Shop World Menu products

Kick up your homemade romantic dinner with Stop & Shop’s exclusive brand new World Menu products. These internationally, inspired items feature quality ingredients and bold flavors, including many Italian and Asian favorites. Found throughout the store with a large variety in the frozen department, World Menu products bring the tastes from around the world to your kitchen for quick and easy meals in just minutes. Try ricotta and spinach tortellini paired with broccoli rabe & smoked provolone or enjoy chicken pot stickers with sweet & sour chicken for a new take on take-out. For more information about our new World Menu products visit http://stopandshop.com/shopping/our- stores/our-brands/.

Cooking for two?

Check out Stop & Shop’s Recipe Center for thousands of entrée, appetizer and dessert ideas for all skill levels at https://recipecenter.stopandshop.com. Ingredients for all are available in-store.

Stop & Shop’s shrimp primavera is an easy dish that will get you from the kitchen to table in less than an hour. To spice things up this Valentine’s Day add in cayenne pepper or hot sauce.

Shrimp Primavera

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Stop & Shop canola or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 14 oz. Stop & Shop can diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz. can Stop & Shop tomato paste, mixed w/ 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dry oregano
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper or hot sauce
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1 lb fully cooked Stop & Shop shrimp, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 12 oz. Stop & Shop pasta (spaghetti, linguine or small shells)

Steps

Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook one minute. Add green pepper and sauté until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Stir well and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions. When pasta is almost done, add cooked and peeled shrimp to the sauce just to heat through but do not overcook. Squeeze lemon juice and stir in. Ladle shrimp and sauce over pasta.

Have a sweet tooth?

Stop into the bakery department for Stop & Shop’s special real whipped cream strawberry cake or choose from a variety of cookies, cakes and other pastries. Don’t forget the produce section to make your own covered strawberries! Strawberries are buy one, get one free the week of February 8 at all Stop & Shop stores.

Grab a gift card

Stop & Shop also offers a wide variety of gift cards to your Valentine’s favorite chain restaurants, major retailers, movie theatres and more! Customers who use their Loyalty Card will also earn four times the Gas Extra Rewards points on select gift card purchases.

If you plan ahead or wait until February 14, think Stop & Shop for all of your Valentine’s Day- related goodies!

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 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.