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New Hampshire’s Supermarket Shuffle

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Shaws and Stop and Shop recently announced plans to shutter stores in the Granite State leaving hundreds of workers unemployed…and loyal customers wondering where they’ll pick up their groceries! But some say the closures are actually good for the state’s consumers, leading to lower prices, new players and greater choice.

Guests:

  • John Dumais: President and CEO of the New Hampshire Grocer’s Association
  • Kathleen Callahan: Assistant editor for NHBR who has been following the closure of New Hampshire supermarkets and other food related issues.
  • Jim Hertell:  managing partner of Willard Bishop, a food retailing consultant who works with the parent company of Stop & Shop, among others. 

We'll also hear from:

  •  Charlie Sherman: Executive director of New Horizons, an emergency shelter, soup kitchen and food pantry in Manchester  
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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