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Video: Groundbreaking for Super Stop and Shop

New retail area will open in early 2012.

Ground was officially broken on the new Super Stop and Shop development on Route 119 near the Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday morning.

The 67,500-square-foot store, being built by White Hickory Associates L.L.C., will be accompanied by 22,500 feet of retail building space and 50,000 square-feet of office building space. There is a rapid construction timeline for the project, with a ribbon cutting expected sometime in early 2012.

Those who have worked on planning the development, which has been in the making for about five years, said the supermarket would be the start of a radical overhaul of Route 119.

The new complex will be a hub for bus traffic if the proposed Bus Rapid Transit is included in the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The BRT express bus service will operate from Port Chester to Rockland County and it will include a stop at the supermarket.

"Route 119 is becoming more focused with the coming Tappan Zee Bridge," said commercial developer Robert Weinberg. "This project is advanced thinking."

The new mega-store will replace the current Stop and Shop located at the Bridge Plaza in Tarrytown. That store will become a CVS/pharmacy with an expanded convenience food department. Stop and Shop representatives said that people in the neighborhood near the Bridge Plaza who walk to get groceries would be provided free peapod grocery delivery service until the CVS food option became available.

Tim Mahoney, the Vice President of Stop and Shop's property division said that it was always the case that Stop and Shop would be looking for a larger space to provide grocery services to a wider swath of the population.

"Almost as soon as we got in there (Bridge Plaza), this was the dream," Mahoney said.

See our video of the event above.

John Fitzgerald June 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Hmmm finally a shovel ready project and all the government did was delay it for five years. Perhaps this is why Feiner was wearing the hard hat backwards.
Sean Roach June 29, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Most seemed to praise the town's work yesterday, I think a lot of the delays had to do with legal agreements, figuring out what to do with the Tarrytown story and zoning of the site, which wasn't set up for this type of enterprise at first.
Kevin June 29, 2011 at 01:27 PM
How much bad development can we put along this corridor? This looks boring, unattractive, and is a misallocation of land. While the existing store at 119/9 is probably the worst supermarket in the area, this is a shame.
Blue June 29, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Wake up. In between hotels , next to a loud highway and an office park with no residencial effected!!! What else could possibly go there ?
ASleepyBoy June 29, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Yeah, what exactly would you want to see there instead? Another corporate building?
Kevin June 29, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Blue, I'm not sure why you couldn't have simply omitted saying "Wake up" from your comment. You could have gotten your point across without being obnoxious. Anyway, since residents need groceries, I would think locating a grocery store near them would make sense. As far as what else could go there, why not more office, or research and development, industrial, manufacturing, open space. Perhaps green technologies, solar or wind farms, etc. My comments were also directed at the design, not just the use. It looks like a typical strip mall development that does nothing to enhance the character of 119. Blue, you apparently have little imagination or desire to see development that has any character or strays from the typical model seen across the entire country. Seriously, "what else could possibly go there?" You really can't think of any other use for this space? That's sad.
Dana B. June 29, 2011 at 03:04 PM
as long as it`s cleaner and actually has food on its shelves(unlike the current one) i think it will do great. I am sure alot of business from Greenburgh will come in also due to the A&P and Pathmark closing.The location seems the most practical and I hope all goes well with it!
Heron June 29, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Why exactly IS the current Stop N Shop SOOO bad???? I have often wondered why they can't make it any better. I live in Tarrytown, but drive to Ossining or Dobbs to go grocery shopping. At the Tarrytown store, the lines are often long, and there are too few lines open. Can't the packers open their own registers?
Babsy June 29, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Let's hope they have better management in the new store on 119 then the current store. I too live in Tarrytown and drive to the Ossining store...would rather have seen a shoprite but.....
Blue June 29, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Ok Kevin sorry to offend. I live in Tarrytown and work in Elmsford. Drive that way or through Eastview everyday and all I see are glass buildings with research , lab and office space. I probably can think of something else to go there so let me re-phrase , " its the perfect spot for a Super Stop and Shop !!!!
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) June 29, 2011 at 05:10 PM
While you're asking Blue to not be obnoxious, you might want to rephrase your comment about Blue having "little imagination."
Kevin June 29, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Ok Blue, thanks for your sarcastic apology and response. I just don't see why these dialogues rapidly degrade into people making negative comments towards each other. And yes Lanning, I didn't take the high road in my response. Sorry. But I am awake, and I don't think this is a good use for this land. I was not necessarily advocating glass buildings for this site (though I noted other alternatives that you chose to ignore), I was just stressing the fact that there are many different things that could be done there, in contrast to your insinuation that nothing else could be done. In response to one of the other comments, I assume the existing location has deteriorated without much investment since Stop and Shop knew they were going to be opening a newer location nearby. Blue, my plan would have been to not develop the area along 119 any further, and instead redevelop Bridge Plaza, which is very dated in appearance, and does not seem to meet many standards and codes for parking, circulation etc. It is in definite need of a facelift.
ASleepyBoy June 29, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Why are grocery stores in upstate New York such as Hannafords & Price Chopper almost always so much better than those which we have down here?
Kevin June 29, 2011 at 06:04 PM
In part, because many of those upstate are newer facilities. They replaced older chains (e.g. Grand Union), and mom and pops that were build around a different business model. Those were smaller stores, located within communities as opposed to on the outskirts (the car had a great impact on this business). The older stores also didn't provide as many services as these newer stores provide, which I see as a detriment. For example, they have departments for meat, seafood, fruit, veggies, bakeries, etc. which I often find to have inferior products and staff that are not as knowledgeable about their products. I appreciate having access to the quality products at the farmers market. While the prices are a little higher, they are quality products, and it supports our local/regional farmers and small businesses. I wish Tarrytown had a butcher. If there is one nearby I am missing, please let me know.
ASleepyBoy June 29, 2011 at 06:12 PM
But the fact remains that a brand new Stop and Shop or Shoprite down here is a far cry from a brand new Hannafords or Price Chopper upstate. There is a great butcher at 39 Lockwood Avenue, Yonkers. A bit of a drive but well worth it.
Heron June 29, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Thanks for the tip about the butcher.
Jon Emmet June 30, 2011 at 01:02 PM
All I have to say is...Wegmans. Clean, everything you could possibly want in a store. I hope they notice how attractive and well run those stores are instead of the rundown boxes of filth that the Tarrytown and Dobbs stores are.
ASleepyBoy June 30, 2011 at 01:06 PM
I actually feel bad for not including Wegmans above. Went to one up near Rochester and felt like I never wanted to leave!
Blue June 30, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I go to the current Stop N Shop for daily items but when I want to stock the house for weekly and monthly more bulky purchasing I go to the Stop N Shop in Ossining or North W.P. Its just an easier experience when you know you your going to be there for a while. Bigger wider aisles with more variety and shorter lines. The Plaza in TTown was once ahead of its time. Now its time for change. CVS works perfect for the amount of space in that plaza. You can clean and paint it all day but u can't make it bigger.
Blue June 30, 2011 at 03:04 PM
office, or research and development, industrial, manufacturing, open space. Perhaps green technologies, solar or wind farms, etc Office or R&D ? These are all glass building in this area. Industrial or manufacturing? " Not zoned for it. Solar and wind farms....not big enough. 119 ( in Greenburgh) is a commercially zoned strip of road and a necessary part of our community. It is supposed to look like that and its where it belongs. Away from the village and the river.
Tori Weisel June 30, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Why do we need another CVS drug store?! We have one in Tarrytown and in Elmsford. The "convenient food" aspect is atrocious junk food with milk and icecream like at Walgreens. Now that Brother's Market and Novello's have gone belly-up, there are no nearby green-grocers with healthy food. Effective community grocery stores are usually located within walking distance of communities. The mega-Stop & Shop's are way too large and their produce is crummy. The Ossining Super S&S is just too darn big for comfort. Smaller grocery stores are easier to navigate for older people in the community too. Don't kid yourselves, this new mega-store is all about the Tappan Zee Bridge planner's apsirations catering to their bus rapid transit and automobile thought mentality. All this does for me is send me further into Tarrytown to go to C-Town where I can navigate a smaller space quickly and talk with the butchers and produce folks about real food.
Captain's Wife June 30, 2011 at 03:30 PM
I do the same thing Heron! Ossining or Dobbs. Ttown has 2 cashiers at 5:30 in the evening and they actually had strawberries the other day with mold on them!! When I told customer service they said "Oh, so you don't want them?" Unbelievable!!!
Blue June 30, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Need another CVS ? No probably not but if Stop N Shop is leaving at least some job producing entity will move in. I think its better than a dollar store. At the end of the day its all capatalism so if its part of the Tappan Zee deal than so be it.
Herb Baer July 01, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Honestly, I was disappointed that it was a CVS moving in to Bridge Plaza. I was really hoping for Trader Joes or Mrs. Greens. Anyone know if there is a tennant lined up for the space where Tarrytown Gourmet was?
Dana B. July 01, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Not sure but I thought they said Whole Foods was moving in there..Tori is right...we have a Walgreens and 2 CVS`s....y another one?
Christine August 22, 2011 at 06:01 PM
This area desperately needs a large, CLEAN supermarket, the Stop & Shop in Tarrytown and the A&P in Hartsdale are a disgrace. I have to drive to White Plains for a decent place to buy food. And what about a Starbucks instead of yet another Dunkin Donuts.
Jerry Eimbinder August 29, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Ignore those persistent rumors that Whole Foods is coming to this neighborhood (as speculated in reader comments for Stop & Shop and other food-related Patch coverage). Whole Foods has three stores in the works for New York but none of them will be in our backyard. Here is what Whole Foods told us: "Regarding Whole Foods Market’s plans for the New York area, our planned stores are a 57th Street location which is slated for opening late next year and a store at 3rd and 3rd in Brooklyn which should open in early 2013. The Yonkers store is slated to open in October of this year. It will be located at the new Ridge Hill complex off Rt. 87 in Yonkers."
lucky c November 08, 2012 at 09:40 PM
the new shop n drop in tarrytown is no better then the old one. 14 clean new checkouts and 3 people working them this afternoon. maybe they can hire someone to put away the cart of food and deli i left at checkout.

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