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Closter Stop & Shop Has Grand Opening

John Encke of Stop & Shop shows the comparison price tags in the new Closter shop. John Encke of Stop & Shop shows the comparison price tags in the new Closter shop.
John Encke of Stop & Shop shows the comparison price tags in the new Closter shop. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule
Crews unload stock in advance of Friday's Opening Day. Crews unload stock in advance of Friday's Opening Day.
Crews unload stock in advance of Friday's Opening Day. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule
The 45,000 square-foot Closter Stop & Shop store features 19 aisles of groceries. The 45,000 square-foot Closter Stop & Shop store features 19 aisles of groceries.
The 45,000 square-foot Closter Stop & Shop store features 19 aisles of groceries. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

CLOSTER, N.J. — Closter's new Stop & Shop was opening at 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, with a ribbon-cutting event.

Dozens of workers moved shelves, added stock and repainted and renovated sections of the 45,000 square-foot space -- with 19 aisle of groceries and redone private offices -- since Stop & Shop took over the Demarest Avenue A&P earlier this year..

Management will keep A&P employees and hire additional associates to round out its 100-member staff.

“We did this all in just a week. Another non-Stop & Shop store took three weeks,” said John Encke, the store manager in Wyckoff, who was mentoring new managers.

The store added 10,000 price tags displaying comparisons to rates between A&P and the new store.

Organic food products replace an entire liquor section. Select goods are baked at least twice a day.

The new Stop & Shop also features 40 Scan-It devices that shoppers use to scan their purchases as they go. Or they can use a smartphone app.

“We listen to the customers. They tell us what they want,” Encke said.

Charlie Kruger, the vice president of development for B&A Food Brokers, set up a chef-inspired station that offers ready-made restaurant quality foods.

“They give a lot back to the kids," said Richard Michalik, an assistant store manager from Franklin Lakes who was also on hand acting as a mentor to new management. "I’ve been with Stop & Shop for four years and I’ve seen the difference between the way they and other companies treat their employees.”

According to Encke, the store gives back a percentage to causes such childhood cancer organizations and to local schools where customers can sign up and donate a percentage to a school. Officials also promote the store's recycling initiatives. 

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