New Jersey Stop and Shop celebrates WWII vet’s 100th birthday

A local Stop and Shop helped a World War II veteran and former employee celebrate his 100th birthday with a dedicated veteran’s parking place named in his honor.

Bartholomeo “Benny” Ficeto — also known as “Benny the Bagger” — served in the Army Air Force during WWII in Northern Africa and Italy as a gunner on a B-52 Mitchell Bomber.

He began working at Stop and Shop 12 years ago in Bloomfield, New Jersey before transferring to the Edison location about four years ago, where he worked regularly until the pandemic hit in March of last year.

Benny Ficeto — also known as “Benny the Bagger” — celebrating his

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