QUINCY, Mass. -- The acquisition of Purity Supreme, North Billerica, Mass., by Stop & Shop Cos. here is expected to take place "within a matter of days," Stop & Shop officials told SN last week. Local observers said the major stumbling block to closing the deal reportedly involves the status of a Purity store in Marshfield, Mass., which the Federal Trade Commission would like Stop & Shop to divest and which the chain would prefer to retain. "Marshfield is a very good money-maker ...

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