The two biggest acquisitions of 2003 were the ones that never happened -- the sale by Safeway of Dominick's Finer Foods and the sale of Kings Super Markets by Marks & Spencer to Gristedes. It took 11 months of frustration before Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway decided it ought to keep the 113-unit Chicago chain after a proposed buyer -- reportedly Supervalu, Minneapolis -- was unable to come to terms with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose reluctance to come to terms ...

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