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by Lauren La Bruno, A&P
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 4:33PM EDT

MONTVALE, N.J. - September 4, 2009 — Shoppers in Stamford, Conn., now have a shopping experience like no other. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) (NYSE:GAP) today unveiled its newest A&P Fresh store at 1201 High Ridge Road. Previously The Food Emporium, the newly renovated A&P Fresh store offers customers a true “one-stop” gourmet shopping experience with the finest fresh foods and quality groceries, all within an innovative European market design.

This inviting new store truly goes beyond the customary offerings of any conventional supermarket, while retaining a full range of necessity items at value prices with weekly specials in every department, red tag reductions on over 5,000 items and a wide selection of America’s Choice and other private label products. Elegant décor, lighting, furnishings and display fixtures offer shoppers a modern and stylish atmosphere. Further highlighting the Stamford store is an expansive array of specialty food shops — featuring the best of the best in a “walking street” style around the store, including:

  • Seafood — A vast selection of fresh fish and seafood delivered daily.
  • Meat Department — The butcher shop offers a selection of fresh, premium quality products found exclusively at A&P banner stores.
  • Fresh-to-Go — A&P’s Fresh-to-Go section provides shoppers with a generous selection of daily chef-prepared entrees and side dishes, providing wholesome, delicious meal solutions for on-the-go families and entertaining friends with great taste and no fuss
  • Deli Shop — The deli shop offers a breadth of sliced meats and cheeses, including imported selections from around the world, and even a wet cheese bar, offering a selection of hand-crafted artisan cheeses. There's also an impressive variety of freshly made signature salads, prepared with fresh garden vegetables and pastas, as well as a full olive bar, featuring an array of imported classic and stuffed olives
  • Bakery — A sumptuous array of freshly baked, delicious muffins, rolls, pies, cookies and breads are made on premise in the European-style bakery shop, including A&P’s signature cheesecakes, mouth-watering New Zealand butter croissants and gourmet cakes. Complementing these items are artisan breads baked in-store from an old-world brick oven and available in a myriad of shapes and flavors.
  • Tea and Coffee — For nearly 150 years, A&P has been offering the finest tea and coffee from around the world, and the tradition continues with an intriguing selection.
  • Floral Shop — The A&P Fresh store would not be complete without a floral shop, featuring unique and beautiful flowers such as locally grown orchids and a variety of mixed first-class bouquets, perfect for any type of celebration or just for everyday enjoyment.

In addition to the “shops within the store” and the traditional center grocery section, the new Stamford A&P Fresh boasts a vast selection of organic and natural products. These items range from fresh produce to deli meats and seafood. All of the organic products are grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers and are guaranteed to be fresh every day. Moreover, these natural items are minimally processed and manufactured without artificial ingredients or preservatives. In addition, an assortment of natural household items and cleaning products, pet foods and organic grocery items such as pastas, soups and cheeses, can also be found within this dynamic new store.

About The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation’s first supermarket chains. The Company operates 435 stores in 8 states and the District of Columbia under the following trade names: A&P, Waldbaum’s, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh and Food Basics.

Source: The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Inc.

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