NEW YORK — Speaking at an investor conference here Wednesday, Kroger Co.'s chief financial officer said the company might actually add to its net square footage with new stores this year as it winds down several years of closing underperforming locations. “Depending on how many stores we wind up closing this year from an operational standpoint, we could have chance to wind up with a little increase in our store count this year for the first time in a while,” said J. ...

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