UP NORTH, SAFEWAY AND STRONG INDEPENDENTS

Northern California is a Safeway market.The chain's home base is there, in Pleasanton, near its original base in Oakland, and it is the market-share leader in Northern California's two major markets -- the Bay Area that runs along the coast from north of San Francisco down to San Jose and the San Joaquin Valley area that stretches inland from Sacramento south to Stockton and Modesto.Wal-Mart expects

Northern California is a Safeway market.

The chain's home base is there, in Pleasanton, near its original base in Oakland, and it is the market-share leader in Northern California's two major markets -- the Bay Area that runs along the coast from north of San Francisco down to San Jose and the San Joaquin Valley area that stretches inland from Sacramento south to Stockton and Modesto.

Wal-Mart expects to open its first Northern California supercenter in Octobe

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