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Biggest supermarket operator is getting bigger

Kroger to buy a 212-store chain, Harris Teeter

NEW YORK — Kroger Co., the country’s largest traditional supermarket operator, is expanding its reach in key Southeast and mid-Atlantic states by snapping up Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.

The $2.44 billion cash deal reflects Kroger’s growth plans as supermarkets fight competition from big-box retailers such as Target Corp. and Walmart Stores Inc., as well as drugstores and dollar stores that are expanding their food sections.

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