QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop here is negotiating to sell nine stores in Southern New Jersey to ShopRite operators, according to the president of the local union representing workers at the stores. Brian String, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 152, told SN that Stop & Shop contacted the union last week to let it know a potential deal between the parties was in the works so that the union could begin bargaining for severance, vacation and other benefits in the event of a sale or closure. Robert Keane, a spokesman for Stop & Shop, told SN the company “was evaluating our future options for our stores in southern New Jersey,” but declined further comment. Karen Meleta, a spokesman for Wakefern, the cooperative of ShopRite owners, also declined to comment. Stop & Shop, a division of Ahold, has long struggled in South Jersey, where its stores formerly operated under the Super G banner. Those stores were converted to Stop & Shops in late 2005.
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