The Dispatch Printing Co., parent company of ThisWeek Community Newspapers, announced Sept. 27 that it had acquired a group of niche publications from American Community Newspapers, expanding the depth and breadth of its news organization.

The Dispatch Printing Co., parent company of ThisWeek Community Newspapers, announced Sept. 27 that it had acquired a group of niche publications from American Community Newspapers, expanding the depth and breadth of its news organization.

The newly acquired publications, which will become part of Dispatch Media Group, include:

• Columbus Monthly, an award-winning city magazine for 35 years.

• Suburban News Publications, a group of 22 community newspapers serving central Ohio.

• Columbus C.E.O., a monthly business magazine.

• A dozen specialty magazine publications, including Columbus Bride, CityGuide, Restaurant Guide and the Official Columbus Visitors Guide.

• The Other Paper, a news and entertainment weekly.

In addition, a handful of supporting niche local news and information websites, including columbusmonthly.com, columbusbride.com and columbuslocalnews.com, will become part of the Dispatch Digital network.

“The addition of these titles to our niche print and digital portfolio is a very exciting prospect,” said John F. Wolfe, chief executive officer and chairman of The Dispatch Printing Co. “Putting all of these titles under one roof opens up enormous and exciting possibilities for local readers, subscribers and advertisers.”

According to a press release from the company, this acquisition will add a number of award-winning titles to the roster of print publications produced daily, weekly and monthly by The Dispatch Printing Co. As the significance of digital content grows for media companies, this acquisition also strengthens the Dispatch Digital Network — the No. 1 local news and information digital network in central Ohio.

ACN president Richard M. Franks said the board of directors of the company recently decided to explore a sale of the Columbus operation as well as three other publishing clusters in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and Dallas. He said he believes The Dispatch has acquired a group of very talented employees and publications that greatly enhance their product offering in the greater Columbus marketplace.

Franks said he expects the sale of the remaining companies to be announced in the next few months.