ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here is melding its Edwards Super Food Stores chain into its Stop & Shop and Giant Food Stores subsidiaries and shifting top-level officials to streamline some of its U.S. operations. The move, announced last week, does not eliminate the Edwards banner in the competitive Northeast market, and Ahold has no plans to phase it out, spokesman Erik Muller said. The changes eliminate costs and create more distinctive trade areas for each chain, the company said. ...

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