CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said last week it plans to convert its 17 Phoenix-area Fred Meyer Marketplace stores to the new Fry's Marketplace banner -- a move the company said could serve as a model for expanding the multidepartment-store format into other parts of the country. Kroger operates 62 Fry's Food & Drug Centers in Phoenix. The company said it will begin the conversions late in the summer and complete the project before the holiday season. Because of overlaps, it expects to ...

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