Stop & Shops’ grand reopening took place last Friday at the Goodwives Shopping Center. Senator Bob Duff, Darien Board of Selectman member Kip Koons, Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid, President of the Connecticut Food Association Wayne Pesce, Person-to-Person CEO Nancy Coughlin, Senior Vice President of Stop & Shop Rudy Dipietro and the Goodwives Stop & Shop manager Chris Kemp were all present along with store associates for the ribbon cutting.

Rudy Dipietro spoke about the stores improvements. “We made great investments in technology, like our SCAN IT! mobile pay app. So now you can scan and pay for items right on your mobile phone as you shop, which is really cutting edge.”

The store now also has online pickup. Using Peapod.com, customers can order their items online and within four hours, the order will be ready. Other new features in-store include a stir fry station, a wing bar, and an in-store smoker provide easy solutions for meals to take on the go.

On the process of the reopening, he said, “With all of these updates came a tremendous amount of hard work with our team here in the Darien store. At the end of the day, what I think our associates were able to do here is take great care of each other and most importantly taking great care of our associates.”

Dipietro added, “To Chris Kemp and his team, I just wanted to say thank you so so much. What’s most important to me is now we're able to offer this incredible shopping experience to our customers here in Darien. That's very important to us and very near and dear to our hearts. So we're thrilled and excited about that.”

Store Manager Chris Kemp shared a few words as well. “First I’d like to thank my team. All of this is possible today because of their tireless work. This is an exciting time for our store. To celebrate the occasion, we wanted to make a personal donation on behalf of the company and the organization we choose Person-to-Person.”

CEO of Person-to-Person Nancy Coughlin thanked Stop & Shop for having her. She then stated, “Since this store opened, you have been on of our biggest and closest community partners. We congratulate you on this beautiful opening. It's tremendous. This store looks fabulous.”

She further thanked Stop & Shop as a whole. “Not only has this store been a great partner to us in Darien, but Stop & Shop nationally is really on the leading edge of addressing the issue of food and security. I want to thank you for taking the corporate social responsibility in addressing this issue. It's absolutely critical.”

Person-to-Person was formed by a group of parishioners from St. Luke’s Parish in Darien and are now serving 25,000 individuals and helped provide over 1 million meals.

Coughlin concluded, “We march all together because the only way to meet this need is doing it together, so thank you for being a partner, thank you for including us today. Thank you on a beautiful store. We're so grateful.”