A news article on this week's front page outlines the proposed sale or closure of Hannaford Bros.' entire 51-store presence in the Southeast. The sales were arranged in a bid to win approval from the Federal Trade Commission for the $3.6 billion acquisition of Hannaford itself by Delhaize America. This proposal is one that's fraught with strange and ironic outcomes, which we'll get to a little farther along. But first, let's look at what's happening in connection with Hannaford: ...

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