Supermarket operators were on the move in 1997, with several expanding their reach into new marketing areas.

One of the most ambitious and unique expansion plans was announced by H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, which opened a 74,000-square-foot store in February in an upscale suburb of Monterrey, Mexico -- its first store outside the United States. The company said it plans to open two stores a year in Mexico for the next few years.

Baker's Supermarkets, Omaha

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