Big plans in store for The Big Apple! Northeastern based supermarket, Stop & Shop, is planning major upgrades in its New York City store portfolio. The company is investing $140 million in a multi-store remodeling initiative to improve the shopping experience, with an emphasis on value and expanding the product selection to cater to a diverse, “culturally relevant” market. The improved shopping experience includes a partnership between the grocer and Flashfood – a program that offers fresh food items at up to 50% off – making Stop & Shop the first NYC retailer to offer the free mobile app. The upgrades will take place over the next two years with the banner celebrating their first grand reopening at the Bay Plaza store in The Bronx on June 10th. The two-day ribbon cutting event introduced a new 1,000-item section called “Global Market” that features products from 14 countries and regions, such as authentic West Indian and Caribbean offerings with products specific to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica as well as Halal meat, dairy, and grocery items. Each remodel will ensure every individual store’s assortment reflects the diversity of the neighborhood it serves. In addition to the remodels, Stop & Shop plans to invest in the communities outside of their stores, with a $1 million pledge to fight food insecurity across the boroughs as well as the launch of a new food security initiative in partnership with Montefiore Hospital and Quincy Asian Resources. The Ahold Delhaize business has serviced the NYC area for over the past two decades and operates 25 stores in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.