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Sep 18, 2015 10:14 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Waldbaum's In Southampton, East Hampton To Close Doors In October

Waldbaum's in Southampton Village will be closing in early October. DANA SHAW
Sep 22, 2015 4:16 PM

Big, yellow clearance signs dotted the windows and parking lots of both East Hampton and Southampton Waldbaum’s supermarkets this week, announcing their final inventory clearance sales.

Both stores will be closing their doors sometime in mid-October, once their inventories are liquidated, to make way for new Stop & Shop supermarkets.

Southampton Store Manager Stew Tettit said that despite its impending closure, the store on Jagger Lane has been busy. The same can be said for the East Hampton store on Newtown Lane, where shelves have started to be emptied by shoppers taking advantage of the 10-to-40-percent discounted inventory.

Paper towels, cuts of chicken and popular chip brands went especially fast. Many customers also grabbed large bags of candy to prepare for Halloween next month.

Southampton resident Lisa Moore joked that once Waldbaum’s closes its doors, “we’re going to starve.” She had a full grocery cart on Tuesday, and said that she would probably shop at Schmidt’s or make the trek to the Hampton Bays Stop & Shop for groceries after the village’s Waldbaum’s closes. As for the clearance sale, Ms. Moore admitted she left with a lot more than she needed, while looking down at her cart full of produce, breads and ice cream.

Another Southampton resident, Betty Micallef, said she would definitely go to either Stop & Shop or King Kullen in Hampton Bays. On Tuesday, she was shopping for the essentials, such as garlic.

An employee of the East Hampton store, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that it is likely that the sooner the products are sold, the sooner the store will close and begin its transition into Stop & Shop. “It’s just been non-stop,” the employee said on Monday, amid long lines at every checkout register.

Robert Stark, owner of the IGA stores in East Hampton and Montauk, said they have already seen new customers shopping at their East Hampton location. With East Hampton’s Waldbaum’s quickly running out of essentials, people are looking for a new place to shop, at least until Stop & Shop arrives and offers another option.

“People are going to scramble, but they’ll find a niche,” Mr. Stark said. “I’ve had such a consistent customer base since I’ve been here, and we’re very much prepared.”

The two stores were acquired by Stop & Shop, along with 23 other stores in the greater New York City area, for $146 million, just a day after the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, or A&P, filed for bankruptcy in July. The Southampton supermarket was owned by A&P since 1970, and the East Hampton store was under A&P since 1966.

Mr. Tettit could not say when Stop & Shop will officially take over, because “they have to do a lot of work in the store.” However, signs in both stores advertised Stop & Shop’s logo, accompanied by “coming soon.”

Arlene Putterman, a spokeswoman for Stop & Shop, said, “I can’t disclose any information until the FTC and bankruptcy courts provide final approvals.”

Employees at the Southampton location would not say if they have been told they would be able to keep their jobs once Stop & Shop takes over.

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Good thing we have Citerella's and Schmidt's! And remember folks on election day remember the good folks on the Town Board that have been blocking the construction of an alternative supermarket in the Southampton Village district. Do you really think there planning and foresight warrants reelection or promotion?
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Sep 18, 15 10:59 AM
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And don't forget Catena's.
And I'd venture to say you're like everybody else who patronizes all the area supermarkets--BH, HB, and Riverhead plus the farmstands, so your leap into the political is bogus and signifies nothing. If you're referring to the shopping mall proposal off Cty Rd. 39, then any board member in opposition to that insanity
should be re-elected in a landslide.
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Sep 18, 15 11:30 AM
You used the word "mall;" does that mean it will no longer be a "mega-mall," even to the alarmists. Have fun driving to Hampton Bays and Riverhead after all the farmstands close instead of having a local supermarket like the majority of Americans appreciate.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Sep 18, 15 1:44 PM
We will have s local supermarket in due time and if you live in WHB why are you concerning yourself with shopping for Southampton village residents?
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on Sep 18, 15 5:03 PM
A & P's national screw-up has little to do with us locally. Their stores occupy prime real estate both in Southampton Village and in Westhampton Beach. Now that bankruptcy has forced them to relinquish tenancy, other, more efficient and attractive supermarket chain store will take their places.

Cool your jets, folks. In short order (probably, before Memorial Day 2016) new chains will be open for business on the premises. I can't speak from personal experience about Southampton Village, ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Sep 18, 15 5:34 PM
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Pretty funny the stupid mayor and cohorts don't think we need a king kullen. Idiots
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Sep 18, 15 7:08 PM
We don't need a King Kullen. We already have 2 in Southampton Town!
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on Sep 18, 15 7:47 PM
high hat is wrong-no new supermarket is coming to Westhampton Beach-that spot will become dead real estate like the bowling alley
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Sep 18, 15 9:52 PM
I venture to guess there will be a supermarket in WHB......it won't be S&S, why would they with one in RVH and SH, but there will be someone.
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Sep 19, 15 11:45 AM
Don't forget to visit Winter Farmer's Market in Riverhead on Saturdays. Starts real soon, lots of local businesses.
By loxman (20), Remsenburg on Sep 18, 15 10:25 PM
What makes no sense to me is that we had 3 grocery stores, Gristedes, IGA and A & P,but we closed two and built pharmacies. Years later we complain that we need another grocery store, really?
By adczeta (78), southampton on Sep 21, 15 8:19 PM
Wauldbaums closes October 5th and Stop & Shop is opening 3 to 4 weeks later.
By adczeta (78), southampton on Sep 21, 15 8:21 PM
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I heard that Stop & Shop, and A & P were going to merge into a new company -
called Stop & P
By SagHarborBob (91), Life is Good on Sep 23, 15 1:11 AM
Luckily for us in East Hampton, we have two IGAs nearby and Citarellas, a few smaller takeout markets and lots of farm stands for now.
By TTTTrina (13), East Hampton on Sep 29, 15 8:10 AM