Plans to close stores in Attleboro, Brockton, and North Reading as well as a store in Gorham, N.H., were confirmed by a Shaw's spokeswoman; the expected closing date is Feb. 25.
At the stores set for closing, "Shaw's is reviewing opportunities to transition as many associates as possible to other locations," the spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.
The closings are part of the chain's ongoing review of its store portfolio, and the review is designed to identify opportunities to strengthen Shaw's business and when necessary, to close stores that aren't meeting their goals.
While difficult, such decisions are necessary for Shaw's to operate more efficiently and effectively "in a highly competitive retail environment," the spokeswoman said.
With 200 stores, Shaw's is owned by SuperValu Inc., a food retailer headquartered in Minnesota.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)