CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said it has reached an agreement to purchase Flint, Michigan-based Kessel Food Markets, a family operation with stores primarily in Flint and Saginaw, Michigan. The transaction, which includes 20 stores, opens new markets for the Livonia-based Michigan Kroger Marketing Area, which currently does not have operations in Flint or Saginaw, Gary Rhodes, spokesman, told SN. "Kroger will be able to expand its customer base," he said. "The company can leverage ...

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