ANALYSTS FORESEE PIECEMEAL SALES OF TOPS' OHIO STORES

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Ohio stores operated by Tops Markets here will likely be sold to multiple buyers, industry observers told SN last week.The chain, part of the Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food division of Ahold, Amsterdam, said this month it would divest all 46 locations in northeastern Ohio."When you look at the Tops division, the northeast Ohio stores were the largest underperformers," Giant Food

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Ohio stores operated by Tops Markets here will likely be sold to multiple buyers, industry observers told SN last week.

The chain, part of the Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food division of Ahold, Amsterdam, said this month it would divest all 46 locations in northeastern Ohio.

"When you look at the Tops division, the northeast Ohio stores were the largest underperformers," Giant Food spokesman Denny Hopkins said. "We want to put our resources on the core marke

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