LAKELAND, Fla. — The pending acquisition by Publix Super Markets of 49 Albertsons stores in Florida could help rationalize competition within the state, though it's unlikely to make life any easier for Winn-Dixie Stores, industry observers said last week. Publix, based here, said last week it has agreed to buy the stores from Albertsons LLC, Boise, Idaho, which is owned by a group of investors led by Cerberus Capital Management. The transaction represents the seller's second-largest ...

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