New ShopRite To Open In Southington Connecticut

Keasbey, NJ – February 8, 2010 – ShopRite announced today that it will be opening a new store in Southington, CT in Fall 2010. The new ShopRite store is the second in the area to be operated by Don Drust and his family, who also own the ShopRite of Meriden.

The new 60,000 sq.ft. ShopRite, will be located at the site of a vacant store at 750 Queen Street. The store is currently undergoing a major renovation and refurbishment to bring the community a state-of-the-art supermarket with some of the industry’s most energy-efficient technologies.

In addition to a broad array of groceries and fresh produce, this store will have several services that ShopRite customers have come to expect including: a fresh bake shop; fresh meats; fresh seafood; full-service floral department; as well as a broad selection of natural and organic products. The store will also offer a wide array of prepared foods including a salad bar, freshly prepared hot foods, fresh oven-baked pizza, a selection of ethnic specialties for dining in or taking out, as well as a gourmet coffee bar.

The store will also offer ShopRite From Home® delivery service. As a unique service to its customers, the store will feature Scrunchy’s Playhouse, a free, short-term, drop-off childcare service for customers who are shopping in the store with small children.

“We are delighted to bring a brand new, state-of-the-art ShopRite to Southington. This is a great opportunity for my family and me to better serve the needs of the community and to become actively involved with local organizations,” said Mr. Drust.

As a family-owned store, Don Drust, his wife Diane, sons, Rick and Don, Jr. and daughters-in-law Enza and Kristine, will manage day-to-day operations and will be actively involved with the store and the community.

The Drusts have a long history of involvement with the communities they serve and have received many accolades from local organizations, including The Lions Club 2009 Citizen of The Year Award. The Drusts are also recent recipients of The Big Business Award and the Silver Star Award from the Meriden Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, Mr. Drust was elected Board President of the Connecticut Sports Management Group, Inc. (CSMG), organizer of the Nutmeg State Games, the largest amateur multi-sport sporting event in Connecticut as well as the Connecticut Senior Games. Having served on CSMG’s Board for the past 10 years, in his new role, Mr. Drust will bring an exciting new energy to this year’s events.

Mr. Drust also serves on the board of the Wallingford Senior Center and his wife is on the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The Drusts are members of the Chambers of Commerce for Quinnipiac and Meriden.