QUINCY, Mass. â€” Stop & Shop here may be closing some or all of the 132 Dunkinâ€™ Donuts locations in its stores and replacing them with Starbucks, according to local reports last week. A spokesman for Stop & Shop, owned by Amsterdam-based Ahold, confirmed that the chainâ€™s leases with Dunkinâ€™ Donuts expire next year but declined to comment further on the reports. An article in the Meriden Record-Journal in Connecticut said Stop & Shop plans to replace Dunkinâ€™ Donuts locations with Starbucks, although it was not clear how many of the locations would be replaced. Stop & Shopâ€™s website lists 132 in-store Dunkinâ€™ Donuts. In a prepared statement, Stephen J. Caldeira, chief global communications and public affairs officer for Dunkinâ€™ Brands, said, â€śAny reports about our stores located inside Stop & Shop supermarkets are speculative.â€ť Stop & Shop inked a five-year deal with Starbucks in 2006 to develop an unspecified number of in-store cafes.
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