KMART STEAMING AHEAD WITH PANTRY CONCEPT

TROY, Mich. (FNS) -- Moving ahead on its plan to operate "pantry" departments in 180 stores by the end of this month, Kmart Corp. here rolled the new concept out to 10 of its New Jersey units late last month.About 150 of Kmart's 2,150 discount stores now have pantry sections, and this month 30 more units will be remodeled to include the department, said Robert Burton, director of investor relations.

TROY, Mich. (FNS) -- Moving ahead on its plan to operate "pantry" departments in 180 stores by the end of this month, Kmart Corp. here rolled the new concept out to 10 of its New Jersey units late last month.

About 150 of Kmart's 2,150 discount stores now have pantry sections, and this month 30 more units will be remodeled to include the department, said Robert Burton, director of investor relations. Each of the remodels costs between $400,000 and $500,000, according to Kmart.

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