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ECKERD PLANS TO BLITZ PHOENIX AREAstore operator Eckerd, based here, last week said it planned to enter the Phoenix/Tucson market by late this year and open at least 60 stores there by the end of 2004. The chain, a division of JCPenney, Dallas, said the Southern Arizona market is appealing because of its growing retirement population and its popularity among tourists. All of the stores will be freestanding,

ECKERD PLANS TO BLITZ PHOENIX AREA

store operator Eckerd, based here, last week said it planned to enter the Phoenix/Tucson market by late this year and open at least 60 stores there by the end of 2004. The chain, a division of JCPenney, Dallas, said the Southern Arizona market is appealing because of its growing retirement population and its popularity among tourists. All of the stores will be freestanding, with drive-through pharmacies, one-hour photo labs and groceries. The ch

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