By Madina Toure
The Waldbaum’s stores in Bay Terrace reopened Friday as Stop & Shops.
The Waldbaum’s at 213-15 26th Ave. in Bay Terrace was welcoming customers under the new ownership.
”We’ve completed the conversion process of more than half of the 25 newly acquired A&P stores to Stop & Shop stores,” Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. “This has been a monumental task for all those involved and look forward to opening the fourth wave of stores to our customers on Friday, Nov. 6, in Bayside, Baldwin, Massapequa and Seaford, N.Y.as well as Closter, N.J.”
A&P owns Pathmark and Waldbaum’s. Stop & Shop is acquiring 25 A&P stores for $146 million. On Oct. 8, Stop & Shop announced it would begin converting the stores. Groups of up to five stores closed temporarily for about seven days. The conversions will be complete by Friday.
In July, A&P announced it had agreed to sell 120 stores for about $600 million. The company said it secured financing of $100 million and voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The extent of remodeling and addition of new amenities depends on the store. Each store will reopen as a Stop & Shop store and be updated with modern décor, modernized refrigeration systems, new lighting, state-of-the-art technology and other improvements.