GRISTEDE'S 'CLOSE' TO BUYING KINGS

NEW YORK -- Gristede's Foods here expects to be able to line up funding for a bond offering to acquire Kings Super Markets by early this week "or the deal is dead," John Catsimatidis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Gristede's, told SN last week."We're very close -- there are just a few more things we're working on regarding terms with bondholders," he said."Either we'll do the

NEW YORK -- Gristede's Foods here expects to be able to line up funding for a bond offering to acquire Kings Super Markets by early this week "or the deal is dead," John Catsimatidis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Gristede's, told SN last week.

"We're very close -- there are just a few more things we're working on regarding terms with bondholders," he said.

"Either we'll do the deal in the next five or six days, or the deal is dead," he told SN last Thursd

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