Shaw’s Supermarkets

Shaw’s Supermarkets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota based Supervalu owns a wide range of banners, and Shaw’s together with its companion store Star Market are among them. Other Supervalu banners include, Albertsons, Farm Fresh, Acme markets, Jewel-Osco, Cub Foods, Shop ‘n’ Save and Save-A-Lot.

Ownership Changes

George C. Shaw opened a teashop in Portland, Maine in 1862 that was bought off by Brockton Public Market (BPM) in 1919. The BPM owner operated a group of grocery stores. George C. Shaw Company and BPM continued to grow and build warehouses in Brockton, Maine and Massachusetts. The BPM stores changed their name to Shaw’s Supermarkets Inc. in 1978.

The year 1983 saw the chain sold to J Sainsbury Plc., which was then UK’s largest supermarket chain. Shaw’s then bought Star Market, formerly owned by Investcorp in 1999. Sainsbury sold Shaw’s to Albertsons in 2004, which was later acquired in 2006 by Supervalu and hence ownership of the brand name changed once more. The Shaw’s chain of supermarkets has faced numerous store closings ever since its acquisitions by Supervalu. From more than 200 stores operating in 2006, the number has been reduced to 169 (for both Shaw’s and Star Market). To stay relevant, Shaw’s has remodeled a number of its stores. Shaw’s is based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Their total number of employees is estimated to be about 30,000 associates.

Number of locations: 156 Shaw’s stores and 13 Star Market stores. The distribution of the stores is as follows; 10 in Rhode Island, 19 in Vermont,22 in Maine, 34 in New Hampshire and 84 in Massachusetts (12 of which operate as Star Market).

Brands: Shaw’s and Star Market’s brands include Osco Drug, Shoppers Value, Market Fresh, Culinary Circle and Home Life.




  1. Marcia Lindsay May 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    2 weeks ago I left a letter for a gift card donation for our May Baskets.
    Our church group made 20 May Baskets for our shut Ins and our Nusing Home people. I went to see about it today May 2 and they told me it had to be done on line. I am not computer savey and I have never had to do this before. We are delivering the Baskets this week and we try to get fruit and some diabetic candies for those that are diabetic. The church group is from Pearl St UMC Sunshine committee 415 Pearl St, Brockton,MA. My name is Marcia Lindsay. Shaw’s West is our local store where I left the letter BeLmont St. Brockton.

  2. Rosalind Fellbaum January 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    In December 2013 you advertised SEA SCALLOPS 2# bag $9.99 a LB. So I went to the closes store which is in Merrimack NH and purchased a 2# bag. Today Jan. 6 2014 I thawed the bag and opened it only to find NOTHING!!! That looked like a Sea Scallop, it was all bits and pieces of what might have once been a Scallop and 8 scallops about as big as a quarter? I showed my husband and he said it made him sick even to look at it!! So much for a great dinner of SEA SCALLOPS!!!The name on the bag says Atlantic Capes Fisheries Sea Scallops quick frozen to lock in Freshness & Flavor 32 oz.
    This is such a disgrace to be selling this as SEA SCALLOPS, one might be able to use them in a chowder but no one could ever tell they are SEA SCALLOPS! I am 71 years old and have always lived in New Hampshire and NEVER have I seen the likes of this false advertising!!!
    Your company should be ashamed of doing this kind of business it is no wonder that some of your stores have gone out of business in New Hampshire!!!

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