STOP & SHOP TO BUY PURITY SUPREME CHAIN

BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here said last week it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Purity Supreme, North Billerica, Mass., for about $255 million.The combined sales of the two chains would be about $4.7 billion, which would allow Stop & Shop to move from the 14th to the 12th largest volume chain in the United States if it is not required to divest too many overlapping locations

BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here said last week it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Purity Supreme, North Billerica, Mass., for about $255 million.

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