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Stop & Shop to close Freeport store next month

The Stop & Shop has announced that its

The Stop & Shop has announced that its store in Freeport, seen here on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, will be closing. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Supermarket operator Stop & Shop plans to close its Freeport store next month, company officials said.

The store, located at 249 E. Sunrise Hwy., will close on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. The chain said customers can shop at Stop & Shops nearby, one about 1.4 miles away at 2160 South Merrick Mall in Merrick or 2.7 miles away at 905 Atlantic Ave. in Baldwin.

“While this was a very difficult decision, it is the result of our ongoing assessment of the operating performance of our stores, and we believe we can best serve our customers with several new and remodeled locations within close proximity of the Freeport store,” Stop & Shop spokeswoman Arlene Putterman said.

All 91 employees working at the Freeport store will be reassigned to positions at other nearby Stop & Shop stores, Putterman said.

When asked if there will be other Stop & Shop locations closing on Long Island, Putterman responded, “We have no other announcements.”

Last year, Stop & Shop acquired nine Pathmark and Waldbaum’s stores on Long Island from the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July and has been selling its store leases. Stop & Shop also hired about 1,100 former Pathmark and Waldbaum’s workers.

The Baldwin location, formerly owned by A&P, was part of a wave of stores that reopened in November under the Stop & Shop banner after undergoing renovations. Separately, Stop & Shop reopened its Merrick store a year ago after a four-month remodel.

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