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Shaw's closing West Lebanon store

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WEST LEBANON, N.H. -

The parking lot is half empty at the Shaw's Supermarket in the J.C. Penney's Plaza in West Lebanon. For some shoppers, the lack of crowds is a reason the store is well liked.

"I do because it is quiet. There aren't ever very many people in here, so I was always wondering how long it would be before they closed," said Chris Aquino of West Fairlee.

Others consumers on the busy 12A corridor come for the sales.

"Shaw's was having a sale on chicken and that is kind of what brought me here today," said Kevin Avery of Wilder.

But, like a good sale, the supermarket's days here are numbered. The company has announced it is closing half a dozen stores in the Granite State and this one is on the list.

"I'm just surprised it didn't happen any sooner," said Paul Boucher of the Greater Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.

That's because another Shaw's store is right down the road. Company officials say they are in the process of relocating as many employees as possible. But Tuesday, they were unable to give us a total number of workers who will be left without a job. More than 400 people work at the New Hampshire stores slated to close.

Officials at the Greater Lebanon Chamber of Commerce say they are aware of some employees who have moved to other Shaw's stores out-of town.

"Any closing of a business, we hate to see go. But, you know, it might close one door and open another. We might see another larger chain store come into that space," Boucher said.

And there is no shortage of places to shop for food. That includes a newly opened Hannaford Store. But shoppers say if you're looking for deals, fewer choices is never a good thing.

"It is going to give me one less place to look for bargains and stuff," Avery said.

A total of six New Hampshire Shaw's stores will be closed this fall, including one in Keene. Company officials say the stores have not been profitable for quite some time and they say the closures do not represent the overall health of the company. Officials say no additional closures are expected. They say sales at Vermont store remain strong.

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