Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, Fla., said it would buy nine of 34 Atlanta-area stores from A&P, Montvale, N.J. Publix operates 78 stores in the Atlanta area. It said it expects to complete the transaction by May 27. A&P said late last month it would exit the Atlanta market by selling or closing its 34 stores there. An A&P spokesman told SN last week the chain has signed definitive agreements for the sale of five additional stores but declined to pinpoint who will buy them. It is ...

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