With industry attention turned these days toward retailers that are casting their lines into the possibilities of the express-store format, it's easy to overlook the fact that Kroger has been swimming in the small-store waters for decades. The Cincinnati-based retailer — best known for large, combination grocery stores and even larger Marketplace superstores — quietly operates nearly 800 convenience stores across the country. And while c-stores account for only a small gulp of Kroger's ...

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