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• The Boston Globe reports that Ahold Delhaize-owned Stop & Shop plans to close the Brighton, Massachusetts, location of its small-store urban “bfresh” format, as the company folds the remaining stores - in Somerville and Allston, Massachusetts - into its larger corporate structure.

The Globe writes that “a new store in Newton will still open in 2018. A related venture in Rhode Island, Eastside Marketplace, will also remain open.

“However, Stop & Shop spokesman Phil Tracey said the company will decide on a new brand and format for all of those stores at a later date.”

There have been reports that one or more of the bfresh units could be converted to a new small-format concept under the Stop & Shop banner.
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