CHANTILLY, Va. -- It all fits so neatly that one thinks it was planned out from the start, just over 25 years ago. Ahold USA's retail business comprises six companies that are key supermarket players heavily concentrated on the East Coast. These chains enjoy the synergies and efficiencies of working as part of a larger network, which also includes Ahold's worldwide operations in 27 countries. The U.S. retailers were added one by one in what appeared to be pieces fitting into a ...

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