CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said last week it has agreed to purchase 74 supermarkets in Texas and Oklahoma from Winn-Dixie Stores, Jacksonville, Fla. Sixty-nine of the stores are in Texas, primarily in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, a highly competitive market that can be expected to become even more competitive as Kroger increases its presence there, and as Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., prepares to test its new small-store Neighborhood Market concept there as well. (See ...

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