A couple of weeks ago I had the unique opportunity to preview the newly remodeled Stop & Shop grocery store in South Windsor, Connecticut. The new store is absolutely stunning and SO convenient for busy moms like me!
Grocery shopping is truly one of my favorite things to do. I know I might be alone here but I really enjoy walking around the aisle, getting inspired for what to cook for my family and it’s especially fun on the rare occasion I am shopping solo 😉. The kids are great, but I certainly have had my share of melt-downs, tantrums, spilling, carts slamming into my ankles…you catch my drift. It’s almost like running a marathon trying to keep both kids calm, entertained and still long enough for me to buy the essentials. For this, I am SO grateful that Stop & Shop took the time to get to know their customer and designed a better shopping experience geared towards making our lives easier. Here are some of the ways Stop & Shop has upped the grocery shopping game and made my life (and now yours!) so MUCH better!
In Store Catering Options
They have so many different departments offering catering services and beautifully prepared, ready to eat items! If you are a busy mom like me and need to provide food for school functions, playdates or even a dinner party there are a variety of great options. From cake, to meats, to fruit platters, they have it all. They even have a new Entertaining Made Easy brochure that can help you easily decide what to order! This will be especially great with all the holiday celebrations coming up. There is such a wide variety of deliciously made items for you to feel proud to bring to any gathering. You can see their Entertaining Made Easy brochure for some ideas!
As busy parents (or even just people!) it can be hard to remember to feed yourself as well as the kids. Healthy, well-balanced meals can easily be neglected if you only have time to eat quickly and therefore have the kids leftover chicken nuggets or bread crust. I really LOVE the Grab & Go options near the deli section. There’s a variety of really fresh and nutritious options ready to eat. Perfect for lunch or a snack on the go. You can even pop by on your lunch break if your office is close by and grab lunch to go.
If you get the chance to casually shop a lone without kids, they have a wonderful cafe’ where you can stop to get your coffee (and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!) before you tackle your shopping list. I would even bring my laptop and comfortably work from the cafe’ while I enjoy a snack before I get my shopping done.
OK, this might be one of my favorite new features of the store. When I was little I always wanted to be a cashier. I loved to pretend to scan items and use a register. Something about it seemed so fun to me. So I always use the self-checkout aisle at stores. Stop & Shop worked to expand their self-checkout lanes to avoid long lines. Win!
It get’s better.
I always wished I had an easy way to keep track of how I am doing against our grocery budget for that trip. With the scan-it device I can quickly scan items as I go and then use it at checkout for a faster and more convenient exit.
Wait, it get’s EVEN better.
When I am with the kids every minute counts! So scanning and bagging groceries then fumbling to find my wallet takes time away from a smooth transition out of the store and on our way home. Now with Stop & Shop Scan It Mobile Pay App I can easily scan & bag items as I shop (and the kids can help) and checkout faster and easier than ever. It allows you to scan your groceries as you shop and quickly check out and you don’t even need your wallet. You can do it all through the app on your phone. Seriously this is a life changer!!
Stop + Shop not only values it’s customer’s but also the surrounding community. They now have TV screens throughout the store that share information about local happenings, events and more to help you stay up to date on what’s going on in your neighborhood. There is also a section dedicated to local foods.
Thank you Stop & Shop for sponsoring today’s post!
I received compensation for sharing this post, yet all opinions are my own.