CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said it plans to convert five Fred Meyer stores in Utah to the Marketplace format under the Smith's Marketplace banner in June. Utah, "until a suitable tenant is identified." The Marketplace format, which was developed several years ago to accommodate the 100,000-square-foot Smitty's stores Kroger acquired in Phoenix, is a hybrid that combines full-service grocery and pharmacy with a full selection of general merchandise. The five stores set for conversion ...

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