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Albertsons completed its $2.4 billion (US) acquisition of 204-unit Shaws in New England from the UK’s Sainsbury late last week.

The company announced that Shaws’ current CEO/president Paul Gannon will remain the that job, reporting directly to Albertsons CEO Larry Johnston. It is expected that Albertsons will leave the company’s Shaws and Star Market banners in place.
KC's View:
The Albertsons folks probably should take a good look at the store that Shaws operates in the shadow of Boston’s convention center for ideas about how to create an animated, compelling shopping experience. It’s a great store, and unusual for an urban location in terms of size…but we can certainly understand why we’ve never seen it when it wasn’t busy.