WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Shaw's Markets here said Monday it will close six underperforming stores by Aug. 3 — the first store closures among any of the former Supervalu properties acquired earlier this year by New Albertsons Inc., a division of Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons.


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Chris Wilcox, a spokeswoman for the parent company, declined comment on whether NAI might decide to close other locations among the chains it acquired from Supervalu, which include Acme Markets, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and the Albertsons-banner stores on the West Coast.

The six Shaw's stores set to close include four in Massachusetts — in Fairhaven, Fall River, Stoughton and Taunton — and two in Rhode Island — in Westerly and Woonsocket.

According to Steve Sylven, spokesman for Shaw's, "The stores have not been profitable for quite some time, and despite the best efforts of the company and our associates, we have not been able to reposition them to better compete in the marketplace and don't anticipate being able to change this trend."

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He told SN the company will continue "to evaluate and identify opportunities to strengthen" its operations, adding no other closures are planned "at this time."

Prior to the closings, Shaw's operates 169 stores under the Shaw's and Star banners, encompassing 84 in Massachusetts, 34 in New Hampshire, 22 in Maine, 19 in Vermont and 10 in Rhode Island.

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