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The Lansing State Journal reports that “G&R Felpausch Co. plans to sell its 20 grocery stores, two fuel centers and three convenience stores to Grand Rapids-based Spartan Stores,” which has been Felpausch’s wholesaler for more than 50 years.

It is expected that Spartan will continue to operate the stores under the Felpausch banner. When Spartan bought D&W Food Centers last year, it kept the D&W name.

"The Felpausch stores serve many communities where we currently have no retail presence," Craig Sturken, Spartan chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a written statement. "They also provide an outstanding geographic fit with our current retail store footprint, while providing expansion into central Michigan."

"This transaction strengthens the market position of a leading conventional grocery store operator and will ensure that customers in south and central Michigan continue to have a choice to shop at one of the best conventional retail supermarket chains in the local market," Felpausch Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Feldpausch said in a written statement.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
KC's View:
Life goes on, but it always is a shame when great old retailing companies can’t continue to be independent entities.