LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here plans to boost the number of new-store openings by 30% to 40% over the next five or six years, possibly opening 70 to 90 additional stores, Etienne Snollaerts, president and chief executive officer, announced during a conference call with analysts. Smart & Final, which operates 230 stores, opened three stores last year, down from six stores in 2002 and nine in 2001. Yet that number should increase, Snollaerts said, as the company shifts its focus ...
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