It’s the end of supermarket competition in Connecticut as we know it.
Shaw’s Supermarkets is checking out from Connecticut and selling all of the state’s 18 remaining stores to a small array of buyers. SuperValu, the owner of Shaw’s Supermarkets, will sell 11 of the Connecticut stores to ShopRite and Price Rite and 5 stores to Stop & Shop. The New Haven and Manchester stores still need new owners. The sale is expected to be finalized by this spring.
I can tell you that if anybody buys the Shaw’s store in Manchester, the new owner can neither be ShopRite nor Stop & Shop, in which the town already has both of those. Who do you think should move into the former Shaw’s in Manchester? A&P? Price Chopper? Aldi?
At this point, you have to wonder: how can a grocery chain like Shaw’s excel in other New England states, yet do so poorly in Connecticut? What’s wrong with Connecticut? Remember the olden days (or just a few years ago) when Shaw’s had 26 stores in Connecticut? Last year alone, the latest locations to close were Bristol and Shelton. It’s like Adams, or A&P all over again.
Click here to view the map of the 16 out of 18 remaining Shaw’s locations in Connecticut, and their new owners.