PEAPOD: NEXT PROFITABLE MARKETS IN N.Y. SUBURBS

SKOKIE, Ill. (FNS) -- Peapod expects to add its two smaller markets on the East Coast -- southern Connecticut and Long Island -- to its list of profitable operations by mid-2001, Marc van Gelder, president and chief executive officer, told a standing-room-only crowd at the Internet grocer's annual meeting here last week.Chicago, the firm's original market, achieved operating profitability "within

SKOKIE, Ill. (FNS) -- Peapod expects to add its two smaller markets on the East Coast -- southern Connecticut and Long Island -- to its list of profitable operations by mid-2001, Marc van Gelder, president and chief executive officer, told a standing-room-only crowd at the Internet grocer's annual meeting here last week.

Chicago, the firm's original market, achieved operating profitability "within the four walls," that is, before marketing and corporate overhead expenses, earlier this

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