BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's proposal last week to purchase Smitty's Super Markets, a 10-store operator based in Springfield, Mo., has reaffirmed the chain's intention to grow through acquisition in both new and existing markets, said financial analysts who track the company. Albertson's announcement marks the chain's third supermarket deal in as many months. As reported in SN, it previously purchased Seessel's Supermarkets, gaining entrance to the Memphis, Tenn., market; it is also ...

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