RALPHS PLANS TO SPEED UP EXPANSION OF NEW FORMAT

COMPTON, Calif. -- Ralphs Supermarkets here said it plans to accelerate expansion of its new Fresh Fare format beyond its original expectations and to increase the departmental offerings at its Marketplace stores.According to Sam Duncan, Ralphs Supermarkets president, sales are up a minimum of 50% at the four conventional-sized stores Ralphs has converted to the upscale Fresh Fare format. As a result,

COMPTON, Calif. -- Ralphs Supermarkets here said it plans to accelerate expansion of its new Fresh Fare format beyond its original expectations and to increase the departmental offerings at its Marketplace stores.

According to Sam Duncan, Ralphs Supermarkets president, sales are up a minimum of 50% at the four conventional-sized stores Ralphs has converted to the upscale Fresh Fare format. As a result, rather than contemplating six openings over the next few months, the company plans

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