Clifton Stop & Shop, New Jersey’s first store to renovate


Competition between North Jersey supermarkets is fierce. There is ShopRite, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Lidl, Wegmans, Whole Foods and the soon to be opening Amazon Fresh, all competing with Stop & Shop for the North Jersey grocery dollar.

With that in mind, Stop & Shop of Clifton has just completed the renovation of the 47,000 square foot Broad Street and Allwood Road store.

This is the first remodel of the 60 stores that Stop & Shop operates in New Jersey. Its parent company is Ahold Delhaize, a Belgium-based company that is among the top supermarket owners in the United States.

Store manager Craig Szymanski and his team at Friday's ribbon cutting for the refurbished Stop & Shop in Clifton.

“With the competition intensifying in North Jersey, it made sense to start with Clifton,” said Stefanie Shuman, spokesperson for Stop & Shop, adding that next month’s remodel will be completed at Bloomfield stores and Union.

Next are Pompton Plains and Dumont.

A new fish department awaits customers at the revitalized Stop & Shop in Clifton.

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As it stands, a few miles from the Clifton store are two ShopRites, one in Little Falls and one in Passaic and Aldi as well as the soon-to-be-opened store. Amazon fresh in Woodland Park. This does not take into account Clifton Trader Joe’s or BJ’s, also nearby.

To stand out, store manager Craig Szymanski said Stop & Shop started revamping the store last April, working nights to expand the produce aisle, add a sushi station and prepared hot meals, and revamp the store. seafood and meat department.

Longtime customer Barbara Pieroni said the renovations to the Stop & Shop in Clifton are a welcome change.  She particularly enjoys the wider aisles and the renewed commitment to customer service.

“People wanted more prepared foods to take out,” Szymanski said. “It is time these days.”

The store also added a curbside pickup option, repainted and added track lighting to give the store a more contemporary feel, he said.

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For longtime customer Barbara Pieroni of Clifton, the change was welcome.

“They widened the aisles in the produce area,” which makes it easier to navigate. She is impressed with the customer service, especially during the redesign when sometimes items have been moved.

To commemorate the remodel and further support the Clifton community, Stop & Shop will donate $ 1,000 in gift cards to St. Peter's Haven, which operates a pantry that provides meals to over 800 people each month and a shelter that provides short-term housing for homeless and at-risk families.

“There was a young man who helped me when I couldn’t find an item,” she said. “He chased me. Good management starts at the top and goes down. I am really impressed with the work ethic of the younger workers here.

The manager totally agrees. “What separates us from everyone else is our associates and the quality of the product,” Szymanski said.

As part of Friday’s unveiling of the newly remodeled store, and in support of the Clifton community, Stop & Shop donated $ 1,000 in gift cards to St. Peter’s Haven, which operates a pantry and shelter that provides short-term housing for the homeless and at-risk families.

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