NEWS WATCH: KROGER TO CLOSE BAKERSFIELD RALPHS STORES...ALBERTSONS WAGE SUIT RULED CLASS ACTION...PUBLIX PLANS TO ROLL OUT HISPANIC STORE BRAND

KROGER TO CLOSE BAKERSFIELD RALPHS STORESe, a division of Cincinnati-based Kroger, said last week it will close its three stores in Bakersfield, Calif., effective March 6, because they are unprofitable. Chain officials said the closures have nothing to do with last year's 141-day strike-lockout in Southern California, noting the three stores have "a lengthy track record of unprofitability." The company

KROGER TO CLOSE BAKERSFIELD RALPHS STORES

e, a division of Cincinnati-based Kroger, said last week it will close its three stores in Bakersfield, Calif., effective March 6, because they are unprofitable. Chain officials said the closures have nothing to do with last year's 141-day strike-lockout in Southern California, noting the three stores have "a lengthy track record of unprofitability." The company said it's in discussions to sell the three stores to other operators. Bakersf

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