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Spartan Stores and Nash Finch said yesterday that the two merged companies will operate as SpartanNash Company.

The official name change is expected to take place next May, at the annual shareholders meeting. The merged company began trading under the symbol "SPTN" yesterday.

"This merger brings together two highly complementary organizations to form a leader in the grocery wholesale, retail and military commissary and exchange channels," CEO Dennis Eidson said in a prepared statement, adding, "We look forward to leveraging our new platform with its broader customer base and geographic reach to create significant long-term value for our shareholders."
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