GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here jumped on the merger bandwagon last week with the surprise announcement that it would acquire its much larger wholesale rival, Nash Finch Co., for about $1.3 billion. The proposed transaction follows on the heels of Kroger Co.’s bid for Harris Teeter Supermarkets and the Cerberus-led acquisition of Albertsons from Supervalu, plus two mega-deals in Canada that will combine Safeway Canada with Sobeys and Loblaw with Shoppers Drug ...
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