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• The Houston Chronicle reports on the opening of the newest and largest Kroger in that market, an 84,000 square foot store that has “organic beers, and its biggest collection of international cheeses” as well as “wider aisles and greater product assortment, including a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables, an expanded wine section and a kitchen appliance center.” The paper suggests that the store has plenty of competition – including the “regional powerhouse” H-E-B as well as Safeway’s Randalls banner and Wal-Mart Supercenters.

• The Buffalo News reports that “the waiting game continues for a buyer to emerge for Tops Markets,” the western New York-based chain that is owned by Ahold and that has been on the sales block since November. “There is no single, obvious prospective buyer for the chain. But whatever unfolds will mark a new direction for the chain, which has been owned by Ahold since 1991. Tops is the region’s market share leader, employs thousands of people in its stores, and is a well-known local brand.”

There have been reports that Golub Corp., which owns Price Chopper, might be interested in the company, though local analysts seem to believe that a private equity firm is most likely to acquire the 72-store chain.
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