MONTVALE, N.J. — Before it agreed this spring to pay about $1.3 billion to acquire Pathmark Stores, A&P here rejected an offer of about the same amount by Pathmark to buy A&P last fall and also turned down a proposed “merger of equals” between itself and Pathmark more than a year ago. Those offers — as well as an all-cash overture by A&P that was rejected by Pathmark — were revealed in a document A&P filed recently with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The merger ...

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