SHAW'S, STOP & SHOP STEP UP BATTLE OVER SUPERSTORE SITES

BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here and Shaw's Supermarkets, East Bridgewater, Mass., are facing off on more real estate battles as the availability of urban locations declines.The New England chains are maneuvering to halt development of each other's superstores in areas where one chain already operates units or where both want to set up shop.Mansfield, Mass., is the latest battleground. In this southeastern

BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here and Shaw's Supermarkets, East Bridgewater, Mass., are facing off on more real estate battles as the availability of urban locations declines.

The New England chains are maneuvering to halt development of each other's superstores in areas where one chain already operates units or where both want to set up shop.

Mansfield, Mass., is the latest battleground. In this southeastern Massachusetts town, both Stop & Shop, the larger chain with 12

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