BOISE, Idaho -- Albertsons went shopping in an upscale niche last week and acquired Bristol Farms, an 11-unit chain of gourmet and specialty stores in Southern California at which perishables account for nearly 70% of sales. The company said it will operate Bristol Farms under its existing banner, with separate management operating the business independently from Albertsons' conventional food and drug operations. SN reported in August that negotiations for the deal were under way. The ...

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