CARR GOTTSTEIN TO SLOW EXPANSION PACE

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (FNS) -- Carr Gottstein Foods here has pulled back on expansion for this year, focusing instead on growing sales in its existing stores, fine-tuning operations and paying down debt. For now, Carr Gottstein doesn't plan to proceed with an expansion into the Pacific Northwest, a move it had been studying, Mark Williams, president and chief executive, told shareholders at the company's

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (FNS) -- Carr Gottstein Foods here has pulled back on expansion for this year, focusing instead on growing sales in its existing stores, fine-tuning operations and paying down debt. For now, Carr Gottstein doesn't plan to proceed with an expansion into the Pacific Northwest, a move it had been studying, Mark Williams, president and chief executive, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting here. Instead, the retailer will emphasize leveraging its investment in its Al

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