Deals Left Undone in '06 Appear Ripe for Closure

MONTVALE, N.J. A&P here was going to buy Pathmark, Costco was going to buy Smart & Final, Delhaize was going to buy Ahold, Kroger was going to buy Roundy's, private equity was eyeing BJ's, and Tops is still for sale. The supermarket industry in 2006 was brimming with deal speculation, and now some of those scenarios may be ready to make the transition from wishful thinking to reality in the early

MONTVALE, N.J. — A&P here was going to buy Pathmark, Costco was going to buy Smart & Final, Delhaize was going to buy Ahold, Kroger was going to buy Roundy's, private equity was eyeing BJ's, and Tops is still for sale.

The supermarket industry in 2006 was brimming with deal speculation, and now some of those scenarios may be ready to make the transition from wishful thinking to reality in the early part of 2007, analysts said.

The long-standing theory that Pathm

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