Late last month in Crystal River, Fla., workers pried off and hauled away the final “K” from a Kash n' Karry store, spelling the end of a brand name that had been in Florida for some 45 years. In its place went the purple, teal and green of the Sweetbay banner, signaling the completion of a three-year transformation from stale to fresh. Now the hard part begins. While officials of parent company Delhaize are no doubt relieved to be free of ongoing store renovations — the chain did nearly ...

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