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Short Take: HomeRuns' parent to merge with Food Lion

Food Lion plans to merge with Hannaford Brothers, which owns online grocer HomeRuns, in a $3.6 billion deal that will create the sixth-largest company in the food retailing industry. A Hannaford spokeswoman said she didn't expect any changes within HomeRuns as a result of the merger. Hannaford launched HomeRuns in 1996 in Massachusetts, where it delivers groceries that customers order from its Web site.

Food Lion plans to merge with Hannaford Brothers, which owns online grocer HomeRuns, in a $3.6 billion deal that will create the sixth-largest company in the food retailing industry. A Hannaford spokeswoman said she didn't expect any changes within HomeRuns as a result of the merger. Hannaford launched HomeRuns in 1996 in Massachusetts, where it delivers groceries that customers order from its Web site.