The Shaw’s supermarket chain says it’s closing six underperforming stores. Four are in southeastern Massachusetts and two are in the Rhode Island communities of Westerly and Woonsocket.
But the closures won’t necessarily mean massive layoffs. A spokesman for Shaw’s said the company will try to avert layoffs by absorbing the affected employees into their remaining stores. After the closures of the stores in Westerly and Woonsocket there will be eight Shaw’s stores left in Rhode Island.
Company spokesman Steve Sylven was unable to say how many employees will be affected by the closures, but said the company will do its best to keep them on the payroll. “Can we absorb all these people? Yeah. I think what we’re planning on doing is where we possibly can move these associates to nearby stores we will attempt to do that,” said Sylven.
After the closure of the six stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Shaw’s will continue to operate 163 stores in New England. The chain is owned by the Boise, Idaho-based AB Acquisition Group.
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