CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here is reportedly seeking buyers for 20 of its 48 Northern California stores, with another five reportedly set to close because of short-term leases. Kroger officials declined comment last week. Several industry sources, however, told SN Kroger is accepting bids for 20 stores in the Bay area -- operating under the Ralphs, Bell and Cala banners. One of the 20 stores has already been closed, and five other stores with short-term leases will reportedly be closed ...

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