Rush & crush at Stop & Shop
By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader | August 09. 2013 6:37PM
The Stop & Shop on South Willow Street in Manchester was buzzing on Friday with shoppers taking advantage of the supermarket's closing sale. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Mancuso was just one of hundreds of shoppers who flocked to the six Stop & Shop supermarkets in New Hampshire, after the company announced that most in-stock items would be available Friday for 50 percent off.
Stop & Shop Supermarket on Tuesday announced plans to close all six of its Granite State grocery stores and three gas stations on or before Sept. 21, with layoffs expected for 670 employees.
The announcement came a week after Shaw's Supermarkets announced it was closing six of its 34 grocery stores in New Hampshire.
"There's no way I'm carrying all this in the rain," said Regavos. She said she heard about the sale from her sister, who called to tell her she had to get to the store to stock up.
Inside the store, customers were lined up 14 to 16 people deep at checkout registers, several with two shopping carts overflowing with items. Another 13 were waiting for access to the self-checkout machines.
"The beer shelves are emptying out," said Cerullo. "It's like the rush you get for a blizzard. I'm getting ready for Labor Day."
David and Leanne Savio were pushing around a shopping cart with a child's ride-in car attached to the front. Inside there was no kid, just piles of cereal boxes, toilet paper and tissue boxes.
The scene was much the same at the Stop and Shop at 365 Lincoln St. in Manchester.
Shelves normally filled with cold cuts and meat products were empty by 1 p.m. Friday. Office products were also gone, as students loaded up with back to school supplies.
"There are a lot of great deals today, but everyone working here is losing their job," said Morgan. "I wish they would make enough today to stay open."