- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Western New York-based Tops Friendly Markets is buying five supermarkets in the Hudson Valley and one in north central Massachusetts.

The company said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Stop & Shop to acquire its stores in Rhinebeck, Wappingers Falls and New Paltz, and in Gardner, Massachusetts. It also has an agreement with Hannaford to buy stores in LaGrangeville and Carmel.

The purchases will bring the number of stores operated by suburban Buffalo-based Tops to 171, along with five other supermarkets operated by franchisees.

The Gardner store will be the company’s first in Massachusetts. Its other stores are in upstate New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and Vermont.

Tops says the sales are contingent on approval from federal regulators and the clearance of the merger between Ahold and the Delhaize Group.

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