NEW YORK — Kroger Co. is experimenting with building larger convenience stores with more fresh food offerings as a means to ward off competition from smaller grocery formats, Mike Schlotman, the retailer’s chief financial officer, said at an investor event here last week. Speaking at the BMO Capital Markets Farm to Market Conference, Schlotman said the Cincinnati-based company was building such stores in markets where it already operates full-service supermarkets in an ...

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