If Kroger Co. had its way, all of its markets would resemble its position in the Kentucky cities of Louisville and Lexington. Here, the Cincinnati-based retailer has forged a dominant position that has driven away not only chain competitors but many independents as well. It's the kind of hometown dominance enjoyed by Publix Super Markets in parts of Florida, by Stop & Shop in some New England communities and by Safeway in Northern California. The markets — and Kroger's behavior there ...

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