Stop & Shop announces store closings in New Hampshire

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC, a Quincy-based chain with 63,000 employees and more than 400 stores, disclosed plans Tuesday to close its six Stop & Shop stores and three gas stations in New Hampshire because they are not achieving their performance goals.

The closings are scheduled to occur on or before Sept. 21, the Quincy-based chain said in a press release.

After Sept. 21, Stop & Shop will no longer have a presence in New Hampshire, but its Peapod home delivery service will still be available in many southern New Hampshire communities, a Stop & Shop spokeswoman said.

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The stores set for closing are located in such communities as Bedford, Hudson, Exeter, Milford, and Manchester.

“We continually assess our stores and operating performance,” Joe Kelley, president of the Stop & Shop New England Division, said in a statement. “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. This action will allow us to focus our investment and resources on continuing to grow our business in other areas of the Northeast.”

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.

The chain currently operates stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey.