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Aug 7, 2019 11:04 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stop And Shop Still Silent On Future Of Hampton Bays King Kullen And Wild By Nature

King Kullen on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. PRESS FILE
Aug 8, 2019 3:47 PM

There’s still no word on what Stop & Shop has planned for the King Kullen and Wild By Nature supermarkets in Hampton Bays.

Stop & Shop announced that the company had purchased the Long-Island based supermarket chain back in January, and had said that the transition was expected to be completed within the first quarter of 2019.

However, in an email last week, Stefanie Shuman, a Stop & Shop spokesperson, said that the company was continuing “to work through customary closing conditions,” noting that the transaction had “not yet closed.”

To date, Stop & Shop officials have declined to say whether the grocery chain plans to close any stores, specifically in Hampton Bays, which already has a Stop & Shop, in addition to a King Kullen and a Wild By Nature, all within two miles of each other.

“We have nothing new to share,” Ms. Shuman wrote in her latest email.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman added that he has not been apprised of any plans regarding any of the Montauk Highway properties.

However, he explained that the existing King Kullen in Hampton Bays was built as part of a Planned Development District — a now defunct zoning tool — which essentially limits Stop & Shop from using the property for “anything other than another grocery store.” He added that the process to remove those restrictions “would not be a simple thing.”

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If I were them I would keep all three stores. Wild by Nature is for a different cliental and both Stop $ Shop and KK are great stores. Everyone from Remsenbug to parts east of Hampton Bays shops and will continue to shop at all 3 stores if they keep them open.
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton Town, NY on Aug 8, 19 1:26 AM
Retailers will not work with the Southampton Town. Period. SHTB, Land Management, Parks Department and Housing groups are schizophrenic. They lack direction and consistency.

PDD , CPF, CDF are all a joke and are used as a chip for the local government to do as they wish. Look at all the trouble these programs now bring as they get "modified" and not staying the course as originally designed.

EQ, Flanders, Riverside, Noy and HBays will continue to be abused by this town on behalf ...more
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Aug 11, 19 10:30 AM
Neither Stop and Shop nor its parent company, Ahold Delhaize, operates any stores doing the niche business that Wild by Nature does. There is no reason to believe that they would begin now simply because the deal with King Kullen includes three Wild by Nature stores. Certainly if they had any desire to do so the over 2,000 stores they currently operate would have given them more than ample opportunity.

No company that desires to turn a profit would pay to operate three competing stores ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Aug 8, 19 4:36 AM
Interesting comment about this being a PDD, yet the Town is in the process of purchasing the Senior Center and the adjourning building for over $6 million. How does all that fit in? Wasn't that part of the PDD? When do the rules apply and when don't they apply or do they make them up as they go? Was this really a fair market value arms length sales price or did the Town overpay for the property due to the relationship with the developer?
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Aug 8, 19 10:50 AM
Trader Joe's, are you listening???
By 2329702 (67), East Quogue on Aug 9, 19 8:54 AM
Under no circumstances whatsoever should the town "undo" the restrictions on the King Kullen space. HB needs a competitor to Stop&Shop for reasons of competitive pricing, service and variety. If S&S doesn't want to sell it or rent it to a competitor, let them eat the cost of having an empty building. Best outcome would be for the KK location to be removed from the merger deal and let KK sell it on the open market. Shop-Rite anyone?
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Aug 9, 19 11:10 AM
Or best-rated supermarkets Wegman's or Kroger? One of them plus a Lidl and you're golden!
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Aug 9, 19 11:20 AM
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It's not going to become a Shoprite, Kroger's or Wegman's unless the town DOES undo its requirements. When Southampton arbitrarily limited supermarket size to 40,000 square feet they took the players you mention and many other leaders in the industry out of the equation.

Wegman's new stores are four times the size of the town's limit. Modern stores need much more space than the town allows to execute successful business plans. You'll get your Lidl in Westhampton Beach as the Best Market ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Aug 9, 19 7:01 PM
Takes awhile to '"adjust" to Lidl, but their quality is excellent and the prices are great. A shame, though, to lose Best Market!
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Aug 9, 19 7:50 PM
You want to see a real store....Shoprite on 112 in Patchogue is the best. Best Yet and all these other crap stores gouge people.
By Fleshking (1), East Moriches on Aug 21, 19 7:35 PM