Stop & Shop Visits 100 PCT CC
Representatives from the new Stop & Shop supermarket visited the 100 Precinct Community Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday to reassure attendees that the recent crime rumors swirling around the store are nothing but that, rumors.
President of the New York division of Stop and Shop, Ron Onorato, says the store is excited about being in the area and has nothing to hide from its customers.
“We don’t hide anything and we’re not going to lie to you,” he said. “We just want to make things right and when I heard these rumors I couldn’t believe it.”
100 Precinct Deputy Inspector Tom Barrett, who reads every incident report that comes into the precinct, says the only thing that happened anywhere near the supermarket was a broken window.
“There were even rumors that the pharmacy was broken into,” Barrett said. “That is simply not true and the broken window occurred before the store even opened.”
Democratic District Leader Lew Simon told Stop and Shop “Welcome to Rockaway.”
“This is what people do here sometimes,” he said.
Simon said publicly at the meeting that he believes the Waldbaum’s store on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 112 Street might be responsible for some if not all the rumors involving the store.
“Every time I go in there, workers approach me and say ‘Hey did you hear about what happened at Stop & Shop’,” Simon said.
Stop & Shop director of compliance, Mitch Scull, said they take pride in the store and spent many hours in the area prior to the opening.
“We wanted to know the needs of the community and spent a lot of time in the area and spoke with the police on several occasions,” he said. “We installed a state-of-the-art camera system inside and out and have 24-hour interior and exterior patrols of the store.”