CHALLENGES SEEN IN STOP & SHOP DEALS

QUINCY, Mass. -- Stop & Shop Cos. here seems to have no shortage of challenges in the wake of two recent acquisition announcements, according to analysts.The New England retailer last month revealed its intention to purchase Melmarkets/Foodtown, a 17-unit operation in Garden City, N.Y., for $87 million. And Stop & Shop earlier this month completed its acquisition of Purity Supreme, North Billerica,

QUINCY, Mass. -- Stop & Shop Cos. here seems to have no shortage of challenges in the wake of two recent acquisition announcements, according to analysts.

The New England retailer last month revealed its intention to purchase Melmarkets/Foodtown, a 17-unit operation in Garden City, N.Y., for $87 million. And Stop & Shop earlier this month completed its acquisition of Purity Supreme, North Billerica, Mass.

Analysts said these and other developments present great opportu

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