AHOLD WILL JOIN SUPPORT FUNCTIONS AT GIANT, TOPS

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it plans to combine support functions for two of its U.S. operating units -- Tops Markets, Williamsville, N.Y., and Giant Foods, Carlisle, Pa. -- to improve the competitive position of each chain in its respective market.The move is expected to eliminate approximately 225 positions at Tops headquarters over the next few months, the company said.Although

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it plans to combine support functions for two of its U.S. operating units -- Tops Markets, Williamsville, N.Y., and Giant Foods, Carlisle, Pa. -- to improve the competitive position of each chain in its respective market.

The move is expected to eliminate approximately 225 positions at Tops headquarters over the next few months, the company said.

Although both Tops and Giant will continue to operate as individual entities u

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