Stop & Shop Closing All 6 NH Stores

The Exeter store is among the closures.

The Exeter Stop & Shop.
The Exeter Stop & Shop.
Stop & Shop announced Tuesday that it is closing all six of its New Hampshire stores, including the location in Exeter.
The stores - and three gas stations run by the company - will close on or before Sept. 21, according to a press release.

The six New Hampshire Stop & Shop stores are located at 137 Portsmouth Ave. in Exeter, 7 Kilton Road in Bedford, 9 Wason Road in Hudson, 601 Nashua St. (Route 101A) in Milford and 777 South Willow St. and 365 Lincoln St. in Manchester.

"We continually assess our stores and operating performance. Our six stores in New Hampshire have not achieved performance goals after many years of investment, and we have made the difficult decision to close these underperforming stores," Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop's New England Division, said in a prepared statement. "This action will allow us to focus our investment and resources on continuing to grow our business in other areas of the Northeast.

"We are sensitive to the impact this decision will have on our associates, our loyal customers, and the communities we have served," Kelley added. "We deeply appreciate the years of dedicated service our associates in New Hampshire have provided since 2003, and the loyal patronage from our customers."

Stop & Shop said it will work with UFCW Local 1445 and state and local government officials to provide job search assistance and to support associates who will be impacted.

Information regarding closing of these stores will be conveyed at each location as it becomes available. Customers with questions can call Stop & Shop's Consumer Affairs Department at 1-800-767-7772 (option 3, then option 6) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Citizen Jane August 07, 2013 at 09:02 AM
This is not terrible news, it will be very good for our community. Stop n Shop has been rated as one of the ten worst supermarket chains in the United States. This is not a reflection on the kind and hard-working people at the Stratham store or any of their other stores, but on management of the chain. The prices are high and they are not concerned with providing the best for their customers. What is critical at this point is for our towns to have a committee that will search for a better replacement. This might be a good opportunity for Market Basket to change locations and expand. If we are very lucky, perhaps we can persuade Wegman's supermarkets to consider the location. Wegman's is known to carrying local products and supporting local farms as well as carrying a wide selection of imported and organic foods. Excellent service, excellent management. Let's bring in a bigger and better market that will provide more and better jobs. Don't cry for Stop n Shop.
Citizen Jane August 07, 2013 at 09:04 AM
Just one of a number of articles about Stop n Shop: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-12-worst-supermarkets-in-america-2013-4#12-stop-and-shop-1
Bjm Ward August 07, 2013 at 09:18 AM
I do like S&S, but I admit I was not aware or their ratings ... but I grew up with S&S in Boston, so it is something for which I have an affinity ... I do NOT think having a big empty building is good for the community at all ... and frankly, I don't want MB to relocate there but even that would be better than an empty building ... HOWEVER, if we could get a Wegman's here that would be awesome!
Citizen Jane August 07, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Instead of passively waiting to see who is going to move into the space, it would be smart of our towns to form a joint committee to actively look for what would suit us best. A supermarket not only occupies a large physical space, it can can have an influence on our community. When Stop n Shop closed its seafood department and relegated it to prepackaged foods at the back of the store, it had a direct impact on how its customers shopped and ate. Imagine if the seafood were given the same location and space as soda and potato chips...We'd all be eating a lot more seafood. But seafood is perishable and less profitable than junk food, so it is less of a priority. If Wegman's won't consider this area, an expanded Market Basket would be terrific. Their store in Epping was originally planned for Stratham. Their prices are great and they have an excellent selection of produce, frozen foods, ethnic foods, etc. They have good community involvement, good management, nice employees. Full-sized grocery bags and no annoying discount card to have to show.


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