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The Detroit News reports that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has been in talks with both A&P-owned Farmer Jack and several companies interested in acquiring the division.

Subject of the discussions, which are termed “exploratory” and preliminary”: hammering out some sort of agreement between the union and whatever company ends up owning Farmer Jack’s.

A&P announced its intention to sell the division earlier this year. While potential buyers have not been identified formally, Spartan Stores has been named in the media as a likely suitor.

Negotiations are described as being both “fragile” and “confidential.”
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