Food distributors Spartan Stores, Nash Finch to combine

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U.S. food distributors Spartan Stores and Nash Finch said they will merge in an all-stock deal valued at $1.30 billion, including debt, to expand their geographic reach.

Under the terms, Nash Finch shareholders will receive a fixed ratio of 1.20 shares of Spartan Stores common stock for each share of Nash Finch.

On closing, Spartan Stores shareholders will own about 57.7 percent of the combined company, while Nash Finch shareholders will hold about 42.3 percent.

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