Contact: Meghan Bell
THANK YOU, LONG ISLAND!
Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale Voted Best Supermarket in Bethpage Best of Long Island
Norwalk, Conn. – January 30, 2017 – Just one year after opening its doors in Farmingdale, N.Y., family owned and operated Stew Leonard’s was named Best Supermarket and Best Nursery/Garden Store in the 2017 Bethpage Best of Long Island Awards. Long Island shoppers have certainly embraced the farm fresh food store over the past year, gulping down more than 320,000 half gallons of Milk, 500,00 Bagels, and 70,000 lbs. of Filet Mignon, as well as buying 5,000 Christmas trees!
President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s, Stew Leonard Jr., thanked shoppers who voted in the 12th annual Best of Long Island program, “My family and our team on Long Island couldn’t be more excited to be named Best Supermarket! We have loved getting to know so many families in Farmingdale and can’t wait to meet even more Long Islanders later this year when we open in East Meadow.”
So what makes Stew’s a hit on Long Island? Is it the one of a kind products? Great prices? To learn more about our shoppers, Stew Leonard’s conducted an on-line Fan Favorites poll of their Long Island customers from January 6 through January 16, 2017. More than 5,000 shoppers from more than 100 towns on Long Island responded and shared their farm fresh favorites:
Since January 2016, Long Islanders ate 20x more Apple Cider Donuts – almost 75,000 packages in total – than their fellow shoppers in Westchester County, NY and in Connecticut! Unsurprisingly, Stew Leonard’s Donuts took top honors in the Fan Favorites poll, which are made fresh daily in Bethy’s Bakery. One shopper commented, “the donuts get me every time!”
Stew Leonard’s hearth baked Bagels and Chocolate Chip Cookies rounded out the top three of favorite bakery items. Farmingdale shoppers purchased almost half a million Bagels in 2016 and almost 20,000 boxes of Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Stew Leonard’s Naked® Salmon, which is direct from the Gulf of Maine, and fresh Shrimp swam to the top of the charts in the Fan Favorites poll for most-loved seafood items. Farmingdale shoppers purchased almost 13,500 lbs. of Naked Salmon and 50,000 lbs. of Shrimp in 2016. Stew’s Naked line of products – including beef, chicken, fish, and eggs – is antibiotic free with no added hormones and has proven to be an affordable, delicious way for shoppers to feed their family with high-quality, sustainably raised products. Feedback included that the “shrimp are to die for” while a second raved, “all fish, so fresh!”
Stew Leonard’s freshly made lobster rolls came in third place in the poll; customers bit into more than 45,000 of Stew’s lobster rolls, which are filled with meaty, tender lobster fresh from Stonington, Maine.
Filet Mignon took top honors as being the best in Stew’s Butcher Shoppe in the Poll. Customers in Farmingdale cut into more than 70,000 lbs. of Filet Mignon in 2016, with one respondent in remarking that Stew’s Filet is “like butter.” Stew’s Filet Mignon comes direct from ranchers in the Midwest; taken from the tenderloin, it’s lean and fork tender, with light marbling that makes it juicy and delicious.
Porterhouse, a.k.a. the “king of steaks,” and Rib-Eye rounded out the top three in the Fan Favorites Poll, and shoppers in Farmingdale purchased 125,250 lbs and 51,000 lbs respectively in 2016. Both Stew’s Porterhouse and Rib-Eyes are primarily sourced from family owned ranches in Kansas. One shopper praised that Stew’s “beef is the most tender on Long Island!”
What’s hot in the Stew Leonard’s kitchen? Respondents in the Fan Favorites poll voted the Stew’s soups, chowders, bisques and chilies number one for being freshly made, preservative-free, and containing nothing that isn’t already available in a home kitchen. Last year, Farmingdale shoppers ladled up more than 70,300 gallons in total of these classic comfort foods! The soups were called “scrumptious” as well as “easy and delish,” with one respondent confessing: “I’m obsessed with the soups!”
The two other top Fan Favorites came direct from the Farmingdale store’s hot bar: Chicken Wings and Macaroni & Cheese! The store sold more than 20,200 lbs of wings last year – including Original, Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Italian, among others – and more than 10,800 lbs of our signature ooey-gooey Four Cheese Mac & Cheese.
Coffee or Ice Cream?
When shoppers spend more than $100 on a single order, they can redeem their receipt for a free ice cream cone or free coffee. In the Fan Favorites poll, 27% of respondents said they choose a hot cup o’ joe after hitting the $100 mark on their grocery bill; 73% reported that they indulged their sweet tooth with a cup or cone of their favorite flavor.
Sing or Dance?
Stew Leonard’s in-store animatronics are a delight for little and big kids alike! When given the choice of signing backup vocals for Miss Diva Cheese or cutting a rug alongside Chiquita Banana, 72% of the Fan Favorites respondents chose to belt it out in the deli department with Miss Diva.
About Stew Leonard’s
Stew Leonard’s, a family-owned and operated fresh food store founded in 1969, has five stores in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. and in Farmingdale and Yonkers, N.Y. A sixth store will open in East Meadow, N.Y. in mid-2017. Stew’s earned its nickname, the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” because of its country-fair atmosphere, with costumed characters and animated entertainment throughout the store that keep children entertained while parents shop. Stew Leonard’s legion of loyal shoppers is largely due to the stores’ passionate approach to customer service: “Rule #1 — The Customer is Always Right”; Rule #2 – If the Customer is Ever Wrong, Re-Read Rule #1.” This principle is so essential to the foundation of the company that it is etched in a three-ton granite rock at each store’s entrance. The company’s culture is built around an acronym for S.T.E.W.: Satisfy the customer; Teamwork gets it done; Excellence makes it better; WOW makes it fun. For more information, visit Stew Leonard’s website at www.stewleonards.com.
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