Supermarket companies are taking divergent approaches to capital spending this year, industry observers told SN. While Safeway is opting to accelerate the pace of new store openings, Albertson's and A&P are focusing more on remodeling, and Kroger Co. is seeking to complement its store-upgrade program with small acquisitions on the local level. "There seem to be a lot of cross-currents in the ways companies are looking at capital spending," said Ed Comeau, vice president of Donaldson ...

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