Sales were $1,634,904 in fiscal 2016, an increase of $51,115, or 3.2% from the prior year. Sales increased $29,233, or 1.8%, due to fiscal 2016 containing 53 weeks. Same store sales, excluding the impact of the 53rd week, increased 1.4%. Same store sales increased due to the closing of two competitor stores and continued sales growth in the expanded or replaced stores in Stirling, Greater Morristown and Union. These increases were partially offset by six new competitor store openings, including stores formerly operated by A&P. New stores and replacement stores are included in same store sales in the quarter after the store has been in operation for four full quarters. Store renovations and expansions are included in same store sales immediately.
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