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Shaw's in Stoughton to Close, Company Says

The Stoughton Shaw's will be one of six underperforming locations the supermarket chain will close by August 3, the company announced Monday.

Identified as an unprofitable store "not meeting company goals," the Shaw's in Stoughton will close by August 3, the supermarket chain announced Monday.

The Stoughton Shaw's, located at 666 Washington St., is one of six local stores the company will close by that date (the others are Fall River, Fairhaven, Taunton, and Westerly, RI and Woonsocket, RI), according to the Boston Globe.

"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 company said in a statement posted on the ABC 6 Providence, RI website. 

"While 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," the statement continued.

Shaw's in Stoughton anchors the Shaw's Plaza. It is one of the largest employers in town, with more than 100 people working there, according to data from the Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development.

Shaw's will still remain in the area though, with a supermarket right over the Stoughton line, located at the Cobbs Corner Village Shoppes in Canton. 

This is the latest high-profile closing in the downtown Stoughton area. Honey Dew Donuts on Washington Street also closed its doors on July 6. The Friendly's, located adjacent to Shaw's Plaza, closed in October of 2011.

Rob Mitchell July 08, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Wow, what a bummer. Stoughton businesses are falling apart.
michelle July 09, 2013 at 07:34 AM
It was just a matter of time before Shaws decided to close. The store has never been able to expand like many of the other area supermarkets. This is a big loss to the town, especially for the many people who live in and near the center of town. I see many people walking to and from with Shaws bags. There are some very nice employees who are hope are able to be relocated to other locations.
DJ July 09, 2013 at 08:44 AM
Lets be clear, Stoughton Shaws fails because it is horribly run and its offerings are limited, lower quality then other area Shaws. Couple that with very poor service (in general) and a filthy property/parking lot and you loose customers to Canton and even Randolph in addition to S&S, Roche Brothers, Sudbury Farms and Market Basket. I'm sure corporate had a lot to do with minimizing Stoughton Shaws, but it lacked decent management for years. Many in place didn't give a hoot about reported concerns and complaints. The landlord did little to maintain the property. Sadly, it's a sign of depressed areas and residents and leadership must demand and seek better. Leadership needs to step in and should have already. Maybe they did and hopefully they are schmoozing prospective replacements and eliciting offerings to capture them.
Vicki July 09, 2013 at 11:58 AM
This Shaw's was set up to fail in the last year or so. Per a manager in another Shaw's, the Stoughton Shaws was set up to be a "neighborhood" store, or low end store. I have never had so many attitudes over wrong prices, wrong signs, customer service never open, no express line, and no help when there was a line or a problem.
Marc Richardson July 09, 2013 at 02:31 PM
So sad! I worked in that store from 1989 to 1996 for seven years. I'm still with Shaw's after 30 years and I really LOVE the company. Shaw's in Stoughton used to do quite a business when I was there. I'm sure that there are still some friends there and I'm saddened that they could not find a way to be profitable.
Roseanne July 09, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I'm sad to hear this news. Stoughton Shaw's was convenient, and the prices were good. Shaw's in Canton has higher prices, and the store is huge. Stop & Shop is OK. I really like Roche Bros., but the prices are high. Market Basket and Price Rite have excellent prices, but I don't want to go to Brockton every week to grocery shop. With a few exceptions, the Stoughton staff was friendly and nice; many of the workers were there a long time. I feel bad for anyone who will lose his or her job.
Donna Ruggiero-McNeill July 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Iam so sad to see Shaws closing.When I was 16year old , I worked for the old BPM and always shopped at Shaws thru the years.This store mat have been small but ut really was easier for people who dound it difficult to shop the super stores.I know many friends and family that have worked foe Shaws during the years and this Shaws will be missed.
Donna Ruggiero-McNeill July 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Sorry for all the errors but this format is jumping all over the place as I type this.
Max Don July 11, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I recently moved from Texas to Stoughton on a blind move because I received a job promotion. I was shocked to see how crumbling the area around Shaw's and downtown look. By the way, Shaw's in Stoughton is a dump. The produce section is disgusting. The prices are ridiculous and the staff at that location cares less about the shoppers. The inside smells like mold. The parking lot is atrocious. I rather see a Market Basket or Wegman's buy the property and tear it down and start from scratch. It's a shame to be a resident of Stoughton, I rather travel to Canto to Shaw's or Market Basket in Brockton.
Joseph Feaster July 13, 2013 at 08:26 AM
This is the reason why planning is so important! Those who opposed hiring a planner, those who opposed the Master Plan funding, those who opposed funding for the economic developer position...are reaping what they sowed! Now the sensible Stoughton residents must seize control!! Joseph Feaster
DJ July 14, 2013 at 09:28 AM
I voted for the planner position a few years back, but fail to see what a planner has to do with the issue at hand? Your blaming residents for an ill conceived development or a poorly run store in a faltering company? As several have noted, this Shaws suffered from decline only in recent years having little to do with municipal planning and everything to do with infrastructure and management or lack of. Neither a planner or economic developer have a crystal ball, but I suspect both would have welcomed Shaws with open arms. This town has significant economic challenges due to it's diversity and previous municipal choices that lacked vision or proper oversight, but I fail to see how Shaw's departure has much to do with either.
Joseph Feaster July 14, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Shaws is only an illustration of the argument I was making. To suggest that planning for Stoughton's downtown may not be helpful appears a bit shortsided. I am not blaming all Stoughton residents, but do fault some of our elected leaders, including some town meeting representatives for opposing any idea that is visionary or forward thinking. I query what you mean by the town's "diversity" being a challenge. Please elaborate. Joseph Feaster
DJ July 14, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Thank you for your explanation, but as planning will not alter existing use particularly with an active business, I don't understand what parallels you see with this issue? Do you have a problem with a supermarket being located at this location or this location being zoned retail? To answer your question above, I believe the town is economically, culturally and ethnically diverse, but also politically divided. The latter becoming less of an issue, while the former becoming more prevalent. This can bring positive influences, but also challenges to address the needs and demands of a diverse populous.
Richard Ploss July 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
What is sad is that the property tax rates may be negatively effected when the assessment is done for 2014. What a lot of people fail to recognize is that businesses help keep residential property rates low. Look at Sharon with minimal big business-$20.45 per thousand. Canton with a high commercial and industrial presence is at $12.37 per thousand. I am moving and I am looking hard at Canton, over Stoughton and other areas. I too liked the Stoughton Shaw's and honestly, even though there was limited offerings for some of the things I purchase, I thought it was a good store overall. What may be a good fit there is a Home Goods-middle income type store. I don't think a supermarket will ever go there again. I am being told that even though the Stoughton Shaws is offering discounts, those discounts are not very good and my friends are not even interested in wasting their time to see if they can get some discounts.
Steve July 18, 2013 at 04:50 PM
The main reason Shaws is closing is the landlord wanted them out they where paying around $6 a foot and he can get $12 at todays rate. they have been trying to sell the plaza and no one would buy it with Shaws paying that low rent.

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