Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover
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|Wholly owned subsidiary of Ahold|
|Founded||2004 (Quincy, Massachusetts)|
|Products||Deli, bakery, produce, snacks, pharmacy, frozen foods, floral|
Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover is a combined supermarket chain that is owned by the American subsidiary of the Dutch retailer Ahold. The company took its current form in 2004, after Ahold decided to combine the operations of its New England-based Stop & Shop chain with its Delmarva-based Giant Food chain to create the largest supermarket company in the Mid-Atlantic States. Previously Giant's headquarters were in Landover, Maryland while Stop & Shop kept their headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Stop & Shop operates a total of four hundred stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, upstate and metropolitan New York, and New Jersey. Giant boasts 170 locations in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The combined chain competes with regional chains such as Shaw's, Hannaford, Tops, Big Y, Wegmans, Price Chopper, ShopRite, Pathmark, A&P, Waldbaum's, King Kullen, Weis Markets, Acme, and Food Lion as well as national chains such as Aldi, big box stores such as Walmart Supercenters and Super Targets, and warehouse chains such as Sam's Club and Costco.
In early 2004, Royal Ahold made the move to end local management at Giant Food's headquarters in Landover, Maryland. Ahold also named Stop & Shop's chief executive Marc E. Smith as the new head of Giant Food.
In March 2005, Giant-Stop & Shop announced that they had entered into a collaboration with Staples, Inc. for a Staples branded store-within-store section for all 550 Stop & Shop Supermarkets and Giant Food supermarkets in the Northeast region. The section made its debut in July 2005. The area ranges from 40 to 80 feet in size and carries 500 to 1,200 products that are a wide variety of national school and home office brands as well as Staples brand products. Some products will make their initial debut within Giant-Stop & Shop supermarkets. Before Giant-Stop & Shop's/Staples joint announcement, the Staples store-within-store concept was first tested in 60 Stop & Shop supermarkets.
In August 2008, the combined company unveiled a new universal logo for the stores, replacing the stoplight logo for Stop & Shop and the Big G logo for Giant.
- Stop & Shop/Giant Launch Staples Branded School and Home Office Supplies Sections in its 550 Supermarkets Throughout the Northeast.