COLTON, Calif. -- Stater Bros. Markets here is leaving home. The company that has long referred to its base as the "Inland Empire," a realm centered in San Bernardino and Riverside counties just east of Los Angeles, has begun a dramatic march toward the sea. Not that Stater Bros. is abandoning the region it dominates. It has a 27.8% market share in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, which puts it well in front of its second-place rival, Kroger Co., Cincinnati, which has 21.0%. But ...

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