GIANT EAGLE SET FOR COLUMBUS, OHIO?

PITTSBURGH -- Giant Eagle here is reportedly preparing to move into central Ohio by establishing a beachhead in the Columbus marketplace.The privately held chain reportedly plans to build six units of 100,000 square feet each in affluent neighborhoods of the city. Company officials declined comment last week on those plans and on persistent trade reports that it hopes to acquire units of Columbus-based

PITTSBURGH -- Giant Eagle here is reportedly preparing to move into central Ohio by establishing a beachhead in the Columbus marketplace.

The privately held chain reportedly plans to build six units of 100,000 square feet each in affluent neighborhoods of the city. Company officials declined comment last week on those plans and on persistent trade reports that it hopes to acquire units of Columbus-based Big Bear from Penn Traffic Co., Syracuse, N.Y.

Penn Traffic officials den

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