ATLANTA -- Kroger Co., Cincinnati, reportedly plans to open 12 new stores in the metropolitan area here in 1996, including an experimental ministore in the downtown area. Company officials declined to comment. Local observers said the ministore is scheduled to open in May across from City Hall. They said it is designed to draw more residents downtown, where their shopping choices currently include only small convenience stores with limited selections and hours. Kroger operates 139 stores in ...

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