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Weis Markets expands, buying 38 Food Lion stores, including 21 in Maryland

Weis Markets expands, buying 38 Food Lion stores, including 21 in Maryland

Weis Markets is expanding in the Mid-Atlantic with the purchase of 38 Food Lion stores, including half a dozen in the Baltimore region, as Food Lion's parent company looks to unload stores to satisfy antitrust regulators as part of its merger with the parent company of Giant Food.

Food Lion parent Delhaize Group and Giant owner Ahold said Thursday they would sell 86 stores in the United States, including many in Maryland, in an effort to gain approval for their merger from the Federal Trade Commission, the only remaining hurdle before the deal's anticipated closing later this month.

The $29 billion merger, announced last summer, would create one of the largest supermarket...

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