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Shaw’s is closing some grocery stores in Mass. and N.H.

The near-vacant parking lot for Shaw’s on Pilgrim Hill Road in Plymouth.Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe/File

Shaw’s says it will close four “underperforming” supermarkets next month, three of them in Massachusetts, and one in New Hampshire.

In a statement, Shaw’s and Star Market — the chains have the same parent company — said they are “focused on growing our business by being the favorite local supermarket, and running great stores where people love to shop.”

The grocery stores scheduled to go dark include those in Plymouth, Lynn, Leominster, and Portsmouth, N.H.

“While the decision to close a store is always difficult — given the impact on employees and customers — it was made only after careful evaluation,” the company said.


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The Massachusetts locations are slated to close on or around Feb. 16, and the New Hampshire store is expected to shutter around Feb. 9.

Shaw’s has more than 150 store locations throughout the six New England states, the company said, and employs about 19,000 people.

It was not immediately clear how many people work at the four locations that are closing.

Shaw’s and Star Market stores are owned by Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. Albertsons also owns Jewel Osco, Acme, Pavilions, Safeway, and Vons, among other supermarket chains.