PEAPOD WILL SHUT DC IN CALIFORNIA NEXT MONTH

CHICAGO -- Peapod here said last week it will close its San Francisco-area distribution center to focus on pursuing its "clicks-and-bricks" partnership with Ahold USA, Chantilly, Va. Last year, Ahold became Peapod's majority shareholder.In a conference call with investment analysts, Marc van Gelder, Peapod president and chief executive officer, said he was closing the company's San Francisco operations,

CHICAGO -- Peapod here said last week it will close its San Francisco-area distribution center to focus on pursuing its "clicks-and-bricks" partnership with Ahold USA, Chantilly, Va. Last year, Ahold became Peapod's majority shareholder.

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