SN Year in Review 2007: Smaller Mergers Tie to Larger Deals of 2007

MUCH OF THE MERGER and acquisition activity in 2007 was the byproduct of other deals, including Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats and the purchase of Pathmark by A&P. A&P, readying itself for its purchase of Pathmark, sold off its holdings in Detroit and New Orleans. Kroger picked up 20 of A&P's Farmer Jack locations in the Detroit area, while many of the remaining Farmer Jacks went to local independents.

MUCH OF THE MERGER and acquisition activity in 2007 was the byproduct of other deals, including Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats and the purchase of Pathmark by A&P.

A&P, readying itself for its purchase of Pathmark, sold off its holdings in Detroit and New Orleans. Kroger picked up 20 of A&P's Farmer Jack locations in the Detroit area, while many of the remaining Farmer Jacks went to local independents. In September, Rouse's, an independent based in Thibodaux, La., a

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