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BOSTON-Shaw’s Supermarkets is opening a 44,000-sf store at 4 River St. in the Berger Building in the Dorchester neighborhood’s Lower Mills area. The supermarket replaces the company’s Star Market store which was formerly at 90 River St. The market and a parking area for approximately 200 cars will occupy the former refrigerated warehouse of the Baker Chocolate factory.

Shaw’s president & CEO Paul Gannon emphasizes that the new store, with its location in an ethnically and culturally diverse community, “represents the type of progress that can be attained when companies, public officials, communities and neighborhood groups work together toward a common goal.” Trinity Financial Group partnered with Shaw’s on the deal.

The building, one of the first refrigerated warehouses in the country, was used as a shipping-receiving center for the factory complex. It is located at the corner of River and Washington Streets, and is one of 16 structures in the Dorchester/Milton Lower Mills Industrial District, which were built between 1868 and 1947. Fifteen of these buildings were once part of the Walter Baker & Company, makers of chocolate and cocoa products.

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