WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — An investment group that includes industry consultant Burt P. Flickinger III has bid to acquire the Tops chain, based here, from parent company Ahold, Flickinger told SN last week. Flickinger, whose family had been involved in food retailing and wholesaling in upstate New York, said he has been working with a “well-known” investment firm in the bidding process for the 72-store chain, which Ahold last year said it was seeking to sell. “Our interest is to buy the ...

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