It's almost becoming the norm rather than the exception -- Ahold has agreed to buy yet another supermarket chain. This time it's Pathmark Stores. The move is typical of Ahold's boldness. Pathmark, based in New Jersey, operates mostly in that state and in downstate New York. That's the type of market capable of scaring off many potential Pathmark buyers -- apparently including Safeway, among others -- but which suits the Dutch Ahold just fine. After all, such a population density isn't too ...

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