FOOD GIANT LOOKS TO EXTEND SOUTHERN REACH

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Food Giant Supermarkets here has upped its total store count to 100 and is eyeing other areas for future expansion.The retailer plans to open up to 10 stores this year, Kenneth Storey, owner and president, told SN. "We've gradually added stores, and we recently acquired two more stores that put us up to the 100 mark," he said.The company acquired two independent supermarkets -- in

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Food Giant Supermarkets here has upped its total store count to 100 and is eyeing other areas for future expansion.

The retailer plans to open up to 10 stores this year, Kenneth Storey, owner and president, told SN. "We've gradually added stores, and we recently acquired two more stores that put us up to the 100 mark," he said.

The company acquired two independent supermarkets -- in Chiefland and Cross City, Fla., just west of Gainesville -- in early summer an

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