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Tops rebrands former P&C stores in central New York

BY CSA STAFF

Syracuse, N.Y. Buffalo, N.Y.-based Tops Markets will rebrand 20 former Penn Traffic P&C supermarkets in central New York on Wednesday as Tops Markets.

According to a report by The Post Standard, Tops, which acquired the assets of the defunct Syracuse, N.Y.-based The Penn Traffic Co. last January, has been remaking Penn Traffic’s P&C stores and other supermarket chains.

In all, Tops bought 79 Penn Traffic grocery stores in New York and Pennsylvania and kept 48. Tops had 71 stores before the acquisition.

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German court approves Karstadt takeover plan

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Berlin A German court has given the go-ahead for an investor to take over the country’s bankrupt Karstadt department store chain with its 25,000 employees, according to a Friday report by the Associated Press.

Karstadt has been under an insolvency administrator since parent Arcandor AG filed for protection in June 2009.

The German news agency DAPD reported that an administrative court in Essen on Friday approved a plan for financial investor Nicolas Berggruen to take over the chain. Berggruen was chosen to take over Karstadt in June but the plan then got delayed while negotiating over rent levels for its approximately 120 stores.

An agreement by the buildings’ owners to lower rents paved the way for a final deal this week, according to AP.

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Duckwall-Alco same-store sales dip in August

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Abilene, Kan. Duckwall-Alco Stores said late Thursday that same-store sales dipped 0.8% in August.

Total revenue rose 1.1% to $33.4 million due to improved inventory control, higher productivity and stronger marketing, said the company.

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