The Northeastern region of the United States is still considered highly fragmented and ripe for more consolidation, although potential dealmakers there might have to wait until the economy recovers before any more major mergers take place. Some of the chains viewed as potential deal participants include Tops Markets, Price Chopper, Giant Eagle, Roche Bros. and Heinen's. The announcement by Penn Traffic last month that it has sold its distribution operations to C&S Wholesale Grocers, ...

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