PLEASANTON, Calif. — After Safeway completes the conversion of most of its stores to the lifestyle format in 2009, it plans to set out on the acquisition trail, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told shareholders last week here at the company's annual meeting. “Although we haven't done anything of scale lately, we see ourselves getting back to acquisitions after the lifestyle stores are complete,” he said. He also said Safeway will explore other growth vehicles. ...

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