Did you ever wonder where local chain stores got their start? If you do a little research, sometimes you’ll find interesting facts about stores you shop in all the time. For instance, the supermarket chain we know as Star Market started on 28 Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 1918, Sarkis Mugar bought the small grocery store for $800 dollars.
When Sarkis died in 1922 his son Stephen and his nephew John continued to operate and eventually grow the store. After World War II, they began to introduce the Star Market brand to locations across the greater Boston area. In 1964, the local chain was bought by Jewel Companies Inc, and over time, ownership of the supermarket chain would switch hands several times before being bought by Shaw’s Supermarkets (another supermarket chain with strong New England roots). Shaw’s currently owns all of the Star Markets that are operating in Massachusetts.