CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said last week that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the assets of The John C. Groub Co., Seymour, Ind., for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock.
o 47,000 square feet, with an average of 25,000 square feet. All are in small communities, the largest of which is Columbus, Ind., with a population of 40,000. The chain's annual volume approaches $250 million, observers said.
Groub operates three store banners: 25 conventiona