Smitty's Supermarkets, Phoenix, plans to lay off nearly all of its 170 administrative employees and close its headquarters by July 31 as part of its merger with Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Salt Lake City. Observers said some of the staff may be retained by Yucaipa Cos., Los Angeles, which controls the 29-unit Smitty's chain. The closure will not affect store-level employees, Smitty's reported. In a letter to employees last Monday, David Green, Smitty's president and chief executive ...

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