ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here last week agreed to divest 29 stores in gaining federal and state consent to conclude its acquisition of Stop & Shop Cos., Quincy, Mass. The move stands to sharpen supermarket competition in New England, since Ahold agreed to deal the stores to rivals of Stop & Shop and its Edwards Super Food Stores chain. Stop & Shop and Edwards, based in Windsor Locks, Conn., together have 277 stores, concentrated primarily in New England. Ahold said it ...

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