The Federal Trade Commission has determined that the pending merger between the Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Market Corp. supermarket chains will require the divestiture of 12 stores.

Under the terms of the final settlement the two operators, whose companies are both located in New York state, have agreed to sell 12 Tops supermarkets located in New York and Vermont to C&S Wholesale Grocers of Keene, N.H. The ruling settles charges that the pending merger would likely be anticompetitive in 11 local markets across those two states. None of the affected stores is located near Berkshire County.

The Golub Corporation, the owners of Price Chopper/Market 32, operates three markets in the Berkshires, but its Massachusetts operations are not affected by the merger because Tops Market Corp. does not operate in Massachusetts.

The two companies had reached an agreement to merge in February 2021. The merger is expected to double each company’s collective footprint in the Northeast.