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Shaw’s, Star Market face a long road back

Under new owners, the grocery chains are spiffing up tired stores, cutting prices, and adding inventory in a difficult bid to reverse falling sales

There is a grocery store in Chestnut Hill where employees in chef’s hats slice cheeses and desserts, bake breads, roll sushi, serve up sandwiches, and make hot meals behind sparkling glass counters. Prices are fair and the aisles are immaculate.

This ideal market isn’t a Whole Foods store or boutique neighborhood grocer. It’s a Star Market, remodeled in a fashion that will be repeated at as many as 20 Shaw’s and other Star Market stores in the next year, in an attempt to revive the struggling New England chains.

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