Stop & Shop

In 1935, Economy opened R.H. White, its first self-service supermarket. The store was a success, and Economy began to open more self-service stores using the name Stop & Shop. Due to the popularity of the Stop & Shop stores, the other Economy stores were closed and in 1946 the company was renamed Stop & Shop, Inc. The company continued to grow and diversify over the following decades, acquiring new stores and chains like Bradlees, Medi Mart, and Charles B. Perkins Tobacco. In 1965 Stop & Shop also made the move away from trading stamps, becoming the first major grocery store chain to discontinue the trading stamp program and institute minipricing (lower prices). The Rabb family continued to manage the company until the late 1980s.

Stop & Shop exterior

An early Stop & Shop store in Hartford, Connecticut, no date, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 10/Folder 8, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

Stop & Shop interior

Interior of a Stop & Shop store, 1947, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 10/Folder 17, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

Rabbs at a ribbon cutting

The Rabbs at a ribbon cutting (from left to right: Irving, JR, Sidney, Norman, and an unidentified person), no date, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 11/Folder 8, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

Rex Trailer at Stop & Shop

Rex Trailer signing autographs at a Stop & Shop, 1960s, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 11/Folder 4, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

Polio clinic at Stop & Shop

The line for a Stop & Shop polio clinic, 1960s, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 11/Folder 6, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

Bradlees

Bradlees, no date, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 11/Folder 11, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

Medi Mart

Ribbon cutting of a Medi Mart store, 1978, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 11/Folder 14, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

Stop & Shop Exterior

Stop & Shop, no date, Rabb Family/Stop & Shop Collection, P-679, Box 11/Folder 11, Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA, and New York, NY.

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