CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here is likely to move in a number of directions -- including experimenting with alternate formats in different markets, adding fine jewelry sections and doing more outsourcing -- as it begins to implement its post-merger strategies, securities analysts told SN. As reported, Kroger completed its merger with Fred Meyer, Inc., Portland, Ore., late last month. Kroger's first order of business is "to execute the assimilation process without any missteps," Chuck ...

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