By Janee Law
Shoppers of the Waldbaum’s in Huntington are taking advantage of 10-40 percent discounts as the store nears the end of the era and plans to reopen as a Stop & Shop next month.
“Everything Must Go!” announced one sign outside the building.
The Huntington Waldbaum’s, at 60 Wall St., is one of 25 stores being sold to Stop & Shop in a $146 million deal announced in July. The store will close on Oct. 8 and open a week later on Oct. 16, after a renovations and a rebranding into a Stop & Shop are complete, a customer service clerk said on Wednesday, though a Stop & Shop spokesman could not confirm that date.
“Waldbaum’s is closing and they are liquidating the inventory. We’re not taking any inventory than the pharmacy. When it opens, it will have all brand-new fresh products,” said Jim Keenoy, director of marketing and external communications at Stop & Shop.
A Huntington village resident who didn’t want to be named said she’s excited about the transformation into Stop & Shop.
“I think Waldbaum’s has not been meeting the needs of the community for a long time, and Stop & Shop will,” she said, adding she is hopeful the new store will provide a better selection and variety of products so that she doesn’t have to travel to several stores.
Another 50-year-old woman said most of the stuff being sold in the store was 10 percent off.
At least three shelves were barren.
“I’m excited about the transformation, but I hope they keep their employees,” she said.