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Associated Grocers, Seattle, said last week it had agreed to buy six supermarkets in Alaska from Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif. The stores -- three in Anchorage and one apiece in Eagle River, Wasilla and Fairbanks -- would operate under the Alaska Marketplace name. The stores would be owned and operated by Northwest Retail Ventures, a new company owned by Associated, Bristol Bay Native Corp. and several

Associated Grocers, Seattle, said last week it had agreed to buy six supermarkets in Alaska from Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif. The stores -- three in Anchorage and one apiece in Eagle River, Wasilla and Fairbanks -- would operate under the Alaska Marketplace name. The stores would be owned and operated by Northwest Retail Ventures, a new company owned by Associated, Bristol Bay Native Corp. and several independent Associated members. Associated said it had been providing wholesale service to Al

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