PHOENIX -- Smitty's, a major name in retailing here for 35 years, disappeared abruptly last week when Portland, Ore.-based Fred Meyer converted 17 Smitty's Marketplace stores to the Fred Meyer Marketplace banner, concurrent with conversion of the stores to an everyday low pricing format. th's acquired Smitty's in 1996 and was in turn acquired by Fred Meyer in 1997. At the time of that merger Fred Meyer officials said they would renovate the Smitty's stores, which average 115,000 square ...
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