How Was "Shaw's" Named?
Shaw's, along with sister store, Star Market, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Supervalu. The company is presently the second largest grocery group in the northeast United States.
In the late 1850s, George C. Shaw opened a small teashop in Portland, ME. Meanwhile, Maynard A. Davis established a group of small downtown grocery stores in the Brockton and New Bedford areas called Brockton Public Market or BPM. In 1919, Mr. Davis purchased George C. Shaw Company and made it a subsidiary of BPM. In 1978, BPM stores in Massachusetts changed their names to Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc. to maximize advertising. It was the first step in the contemplated merger of the two companies.
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