Associated Grocers, Seattle, said last week it had agreed to buy six supermarkets in Alaska from Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif. The stores -- three in Anchorage and one apiece in Eagle River, Wasilla and Fairbanks -- would operate under the Alaska Marketplace name. The stores would be owned and operated by Northwest Retail Ventures, a new company owned by Associated, Bristol Bay Native Corp. and several independent Associated members. Associated said it had been providing wholesale service to ...

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