PRAISING ARIZONA

PHOENIX -- In this fast-growing region of red-clay desert and cactus known as the Valley of the Sun, it's natural for retailers to highlight fresh fruit and vegetables in their stores. In fact, it's common to find cactus leaves among the regular selection of the various stores recently visited by SN.There are plenty of retailers operating stores in the greater Phoenix area, ranging from independents

PHOENIX -- In this fast-growing region of red-clay desert and cactus known as the Valley of the Sun, it's natural for retailers to highlight fresh fruit and vegetables in their stores. In fact, it's common to find cactus leaves among the regular selection of the various stores recently visited by SN.

There are plenty of retailers operating stores in the greater Phoenix area, ranging from independents like Chandler, Ariz.-based Bashas' (and its upscale subsidiary, AJ's Fine Foods) to c

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