US bankruptcy judge Novalyn Winfield has refused to order a new auction to sell off the assets of ailing New England supermarket chain Grand Union. Immediately after the auction in mid November, rival grocer A&P filed court papers ordering a new auction, alleging winning bidder C&S Wholesale had urged others to stay out on the understanding it would sell them the stores they wanted afterwards. C&S has negotiated deals with Sainsbury's US arm Shaw's to purchase 18 Grand Union stores. Ahold has picked up 57 stores and seven sites. {{NEWS }}