Homeland to Buy 26 Okla. United Stores

EDMOND, Okla. -- Homeland Stores, a regional chain here that's a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kansas City, Kan.-based Associated Wholesale Grocers, has reportedly entered into an agreement to purchase the stock of United Supermarket of Oklahoma stores.

United operates 26 stores in small and mid-sized communities in western, central, and northern Oklahoma.

Homeland's chief executive, Darryl Fitzgerald, said changes in the stores he company will purchase will be kept to a minimum, and that the stores will continue to operate under the United banner, according to a report in The Oklahoman.

The company plans to complete the acquisition by the end of January, according to the report.

Homeland Stores emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AWG.
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