NUMBER OF NATIONAL CHAINS EXPECTED TO LEVEL OFF

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The number of national or multiregional chains will level off at between five and 10 as consolidation continues, Jonathan Ziegler, San Francisco-based managing director for Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, New York, said here.Ziegler said the list of national chains would probably include Ahold USA, Chantilly, Va.; Albertson's, Boise, Idaho; Kroger Co., Cincinnati; Safeway, Pleasanton,

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The number of national or multiregional chains will level off at between five and 10 as consolidation continues, Jonathan Ziegler, San Francisco-based managing director for Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, New York, said here.

Ziegler said the list of national chains would probably include Ahold USA, Chantilly, Va.; Albertson's, Boise, Idaho; Kroger Co., Cincinnati; Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif.; Supervalu, Minneapolis; Target Stores, Minneapolis; Wal-Mart, Bentonville, Ark.;

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