MODESTO, Calif. -- Save Mart Supermarkets here had a good year in 2003, with sales climbing 35% and store count rising 28%. The vehicle for its growth spurt was 25 Food 4 Less stores that Save Mart acquired from Fleming and converted to the Food Maxx banner. "We've pretty much saturated the central San Joaquin Valley area in which our conventional stores operate, and the Food 4 Less stores were mostly in areas where we were not operating," said Bob Spengler, president of the 123-store ...

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