ABINGDON, Va. -- K-VA-T Food Stores here is entering a new growth phase. After expanding primarily through acquisitions for most of its history, the 86-unit Kentucky-Virginia-Tennessee-based chain is becoming more aggressive in internal growth, opening four new stores this year and targeting six more next year. "Our focus is on building the company," Steven C. Smith, president and chief operating officer, told SN. "We're looking for expansion within our present markets because we see a lot ...

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