Medford Shaw’s Closing

The Shaw’s has not been profitable for quite some time, according to the company.

Medford Shaw's. File photo.
Medford Shaw's. File photo.

The Medford Shaw’s at 61 Locust St., across from the Meadow Glen Mall, is closing, a company spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

The Shaw’s in Webster, which is in central Massachusetts, is also closing, according to Steve Sylven, a Shaw’s and Star Market spokesman.

The two Shaw's "have not been profitable for quite some time," according to a Shaw's statement (see below).

The Medford employees were told the grocery store would close by Feb. 20. A manager at the store referred all comments to corporate.

Shaw’s and Star Market closed six stores in southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island this summer and six more in New Hampshire at the same time.

Shaw's does not have any current plans to close additional stores at this time, according to the statement.

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Sylven emailed the following statement Tuesday:

“Today, Shaw’s and Star Market announced it will be closing its stores in Medford and Webster, Massachusetts. We strive to ensure the success of all our stores, however, it is occasionally necessary for us to close those that are not meeting company goals or that do not fit into our long-term strategy. As a company and as responsible business owners, we need to position ourselves to be profitable. The stores identified 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.

The decision to close a store is always difficult—given the impact on associates and customers—it was made only after careful evaluation and was guided by what is best for the company’s ongoing success and future growth. By closing underperforming locations, it will allow us the opportunity to reinvest in our existing store base and build a stronger company.

While we continuously evaluate the viability of our stores, we do not have any current plans to close any additional stores at this time. This is not reflective of the overall health of Shaw’s and Star Market. The company has, and will, continue to make investments into our business as we look to regain our position as the preeminent grocer in New England. For example, we recently announced plans to build a brand new store in Boston and we will continue to look for opportunities to improve and strengthen our store portfolio. Part of that requires making the difficult, but necessary decisions like closing stores to ensure the long-term viability of Shaw’s and Star Market.”

Frank Mulligan January 14, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Market basket would be BETTER. for everyone.
Rooboo January 14, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Trader joes!
Tony Tonino January 14, 2014 at 06:23 PM
They should have closed it years ago. It went straight downhill after Star sold it...Lets all hope for a Market basket!!!!!WOA
gunma1948p January 14, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Market Basket would be great
Ron Swanson January 14, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Might be too large for a Trader Joe's. A Market Basket makes sense. The old Foodmaster would've been a good spot for Trader Joe's, rather than another Stop & Shop.
Jeannie January 14, 2014 at 06:58 PM
Definitely, a Market Basket.
sjd0356 January 14, 2014 at 07:49 PM
I worked there for 10 years...it's sad to see it go but it's been going downhill for years...Prices were too high, morale was low. I would love a Market Basket there. It's a prime location and would do fantastic.
Lynne Rodrigues January 14, 2014 at 08:19 PM
I cant tell u how often the products were past the expiration dates. Bad management
Lisa MacNeil January 14, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Great employees. I hope management takes care of you.
Sara Manly January 15, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Market basket or trader joes! Trader joes would attract a lot of people to our area!
Chris January 15, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Agree on Market Basket or Trader Joe's (maybe the latter with beer and wine, given the store size/footprint?). Especially with the new apartment building going in next to the skating rink: perfect spot for another grocery store. Not a surprise that Shaw's location is closing: surprised it lasted this long. Every time I went in for something quick, there were always far more employees than customers there.
Joe Noname January 15, 2014 at 09:06 AM
That's a shame. I primarily shop at Stop & Shop but did notice that over the past 6 months or so Shaw's prices started to come down such that it made it worth an occasional visit. Hopefully it won't cause prices to rise in the other supermarkets.
Rooboo January 15, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Huge whole foods! (Hehe)
camguy003 January 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Unfortunately Market Basket wouldn't go in there. It isn't big enough, and besides the DeMoula's and Market Basket are having family wars. There's a brand new MB at Northgate which has been completed almost a year and still hasn't opened.
stevieB January 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Just more businesses fleeing medford. ..we are chelsea
Meira Smith January 15, 2014 at 09:14 PM
That Shaws always has had horrific produce. Everything is always half dead.
James Bennett January 16, 2014 at 07:23 AM
Bowling alley
Frank Sarcia January 16, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Market Basket has the lowest prices, the freshest produce, the best meat and seafood and the best selection of ANY supermarket, and that includes Wegman's, which will be coming our way soon. A Medford Market Basket would be great !
ellenjmm January 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Market Basket or Trader Joe's would be great - or Wegmans. Please, not another Whole Foods or Stop and Shop. With the ample parking available, it would be great to have a store that has the appeal to draw from Medford as well as neighboring communities.
Meredith January 16, 2014 at 09:23 AM
With Assembly Sq and Station Landing so close, perhaps we can look to these successful and more desirable areas for inspiration and continuing growth to the Medford community vs. yet another grocery chain. If it must remain grocery: Trader Joe's or Wegmans.
debbie steiner hayes January 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Maybe if we all called Trader Joe's (I did). Aldi and Trader Joe's are companies owned by 2 brothers who the story goes also are in a bit of a feud. I wonder if that would make it more difficult to have a trader Joe here in Medford. I suspect it will be a star market :( . Seems to small for a Wegmans, though it is a huge parking lot compared to most supermarkets.
Jeannie January 16, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Don't know if any of you remember or not, but Shaws was a Purity Supreme, then it became a Star Market, and later Shaws. I do not believe Star Market would return there. The one up on Broadway in Somerville has been closed and the building languishing for a few years now. We certainly do not need another Stop & Shop. Aldi's is very good, but doesn't have everything. A Market Basket has the best value and pricing and would be an asset.
Ron Swanson January 16, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Wasn't that lot empty before Star Market came in sometime in the mid 90's? For the life of me can't recall anything there. Think the Purity Supreme was at the Rt 16 Whole Foods location, maybe was a Heart Land prior or subsequently.
Jason Harr January 16, 2014 at 06:41 PM
It was an empty building before . then it was a half built construction site then there was a fire then there was star then shaws now. The circle is complete start again
Jeanne Martin January 23, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Dear Neighbors, I believe a Market Basket would be very successful there. Respectfully, Jeanne Martin
Elaine G January 30, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I always found that Star and Shaws had higher prices than Stop and Shop. Market Basket and Trader Joe's would be a good fit. The Market Basket in Burlington is huge and always so crowded. So a slightly smaller store in Medford might be nice. But with the family problems..... It would be nice to have a bigger Trader Joe's. Perhaps when the state allows businesses to have more than 3 liquor licenses they could sell their beer and wine there. They would have the room.
Joe Viglione February 08, 2014 at 10:49 PM
only 9 days left from Saturday 2/8/14
Tony Tonino February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM
The heck with another supermarket.. Lets hope for a TOYOTA dealership!!
Deb Olson February 12, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Dear Neighbors, I own a Toyota and use the dealership on a regular basis but I would not like to see a Toyota Dealership there. How about a bowling alley if not a super market. Jeanne
debbie steiner hayes February 25, 2014 at 05:15 PM
if folks want to write to trader joe's here is the link http://www.traderjoes.com/about/index.asp


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