The recent uptick in merger and acquisition activity has not been confined to the largest food retail companies. Several of the chains on SN’s 2014 Top 50 Small Chains and Independents list grew by acquisition in the past year, or by a combination of acquisition and/or new-store development. Homeland Stores and Harps Foods Stores both moved up on the list after acquiring other stores, and Northgate Gonzalez Market and Rouse’s Enterprises both made acquisitions late in the year ...
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