LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said it expects to accelerate new-store growth over the next few years. 15 new stores this year, compared with two in 2003 and five in 2004. "We've identified additional sites for 2006, and we're working to make sure our pace of new-store growth will continue with at least 15 stores a year for the next few years." Rick Phegley, senior vice president and chief financial officer, said 15 stores annually is a minimum goal. "Depending on the mix of ...

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