SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here is scheduled to hold a meeting with major manufacturers April 19 to explain the national procurement and logistics program it is beginning to implement, industry observers told SN last week. The national buying strategy will transform what has been a holding company here into the procurement arm for American's 818 supermarkets and 679 freestanding drug stores, including Acme Markets, Malvern, Pa.; Jewel Food Stores, Melrose Park, Ill.; Lucky Stores, ...

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