Shaw's Supermarkets is the #3 grocery bagger in New England, behind Stop & Shop and Hannaford Bros. The company operates 154 stores (with a heavy presence in the Boston area) under the Shaw's and Star Markets banners in five New England states. Most Shaw's stores feature Wild Harvest departments, which offer organic, preservative-free foods. About 90 locations house in-store pharmacies. The company also markets products under its own brands, such as Equaline, Happy Tails, HomeLife, and Shaw's. The company is owned by AB Acquisition LLC, an entity controlled by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.
Massachusetts is the regional grocery chain's largest market, home to about half of its stores. New Hampshire is next. Shaw's also operates stores in Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The company, which operates 154 stores, offers bakery and deli products, cakes and deli trays, produce/floral products, seafood and butcher products, grocery products, beers and liquors, health and beauty products, pharmacy products, wines, and salad bars.
Shaw has ambitious plans to expand the Star Market chain (acquired in 1999) by converting many Shaw's stores into Star Market locations.
Key markets for Shaw's and Star Markets are Boston, where the grocer has a retail market share of nearly 17%, and Portland, Maine, where it competes head-to-head with Hannaford Bros.
AB Acquisition operates Albertsons stores under Albertson’s LLC and ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, and Shaw’s and Star Markets under New Albertson’s, Inc. Shaw's Supermarkets was one of five grocery chains sold by former parent SUPERVALU in March 2013 for an aggregate price of $3.3 billion to Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm specializing in distressed securities and assets. The sale followed the elimination of some 700 store-level positions at Shaw's and Star Market stores in late 2012. SUPERVALU had acquired Shaw's in 2006.
Under the leadership of Shane Sampson, who was named president of Shaw's in March 2013 following the sale of the store to New Albertson's Inc., Shaw's trimmed its store count in New Hampshire in fall 2013, with the closing of about half a dozen stores there. Meanwhile, the grocery chain is investing in its stores in the Boston area, where in late 2013 it reopened four supermarkets after revamps that showcase new layouts and design emphasizing fresh-foods and improved customer service. Also, a new Star Market grocery store was set up to anchor the redevelopment of the former Boston Garden arena, fulfilling the company's effort to locate a store in northwest Boston.
Shaw's Supermarkets traces its roots to 1860.