press release

November 12, 2014

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 and its parent company named Progressive Grocer’s 2014 Retailer of the Year

Recognized for company’s better neighbor efforts

Purchase, NY & Quincy, MA (November 12, 2014) – Progressive Grocer, a leading retail food industry trade publication, has named Stop & Shop and all of the Ahold USA businesses as 2014 Retailer of the Year. The recognition was given for the company’s exceptional philanthropic contributions and community outreach efforts. Stop & Shop is profiled in the October 2014 issue which can be found at www.progressivegrocer.com.

“Stop & Shop is enormously proud of this award,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. “It is our honor and privilege to be able to give back to each and every community that we do business in. It is essential that Stop & Shop set an example of what it means to be a responsible corporate citizen. The support we receive in our efforts from our customers and associates to make a difference is a source of great pride to Stop and Shop.”

Progressive Grocer’s profile highlights Stop & Shop’s community efforts related to charitable giving, health and wellness initiatives and associate engagement. In 2013, Stop & Shop New York and New England divisions donated over $20 million to help the communities they serve.

“This is the highest honor to be bestowed on a retailer and we are humbled yet honored to receive the Retailer of the Year award,” said Joe Kelley, President of Stop & Shop New England Division. “We would not have achieved this without the support and hard work from our associates who do an outstanding job serving our customers and of course our customers who support us on a daily basis to further emphasize that we are a great place to work and shop. The award is also a testament to our better neighbor programs and we are grateful to be able to give back to the communities in which we serve on a continued basis.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the ongoing commitment and vital role Stop & Shop’s family of stores and associates play not only as a better neighbor but also as an exceptionally responsible retailer in countless meaningful ways,” said Progressive Grocer’s Editor-in-Chief Jim Dudlicek. “Their caring culture and commitment to good corporate citizenship have been at the forefront of the company’s success through the years.”

As the voice of the retail food industry for 90 years, Progressive Grocer’s core audience targets top management at headquarters and key decision makers at store-level from chain supermarkets, to regional and local independent grocers, supercenters, wholesaler distributors, manufacturers and other supply chain training partners.

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.