ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES TO BUY TWO CUSTOMERS

SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores here is purchasing two of its retail group customers in a move that would bring the 59-year-old wholesaler into the corporate store business for the first time in its history.Associated, a retailer-owned cooperative that supplies independents in eight Western states, is to purchase the supermarkets owned and operated by Macey's here, and Lin's MarketPlace,

SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores here is purchasing two of its retail group customers in a move that would bring the 59-year-old wholesaler into the corporate store business for the first time in its history.

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