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Stop & Shop to close a number of ‘underperforming’ stores

Stop & Shop plans to close an unspecified number of grocery stores across the Northeast that it says are “underperforming.”

“Stop & Shop will make the difficult decision to close underperforming stores to ensure the long-term health and future growth of our business,” a spokesman for the supermarket chain said in a statement.

The Massachusetts-based company currently operates about 400 stores in five states: the Bay State, as well as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The company has “remodeled” and improved nearly half of its stores.


Stop & Shop plans to close an unspecified number of “underperforming” stores. Christopher Sadowski

“We have completed more than 190 renovations to date and continue to see strong performance. We will continue to invest in our stores and in our pricing to provide our customers with a great in-store experience and great value,” the company said in a statement.

A spokesperson said it was too early to share information about specific store closures and did not provide an estimate of how many stores would close permanently.

The company did not say when the closures are scheduled to take place.

The news was first announced by the CEO of Ahold Delhaize, Stop & Shop’s parent company, at an investor strategy conference in the Netherlands last week. Boston news station WCVB.

“As Stop & Shop moves forward in its next phase, we intend to take decisive, measured and appropriate actions to ensure a stable future for the brand,” U.S. CEO JJ Freeman said in comments to investors.


Marty the Robot near the fruit stand at Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop currently operates approximately 400 stores in five states: Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Boston Globe via Getty Images

“Stop & Shop has already evaluated its entire portfolio and will make the difficult decision to close underperforming stores in order to build a healthy store base and grow the brand for the long term,” he said, according to ABC News affiliates.

The CEO added that the company plans to “focus on our most important markets – markets with high brand density, strong market position and strong store performance.”

Ahold Delhaize also operates the U.S. supermarket chains Food Lion, Hannaford, Giant Food and The Giant Company.

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