SAFEWAY SET TO CLOSE 17 OF ITS SMALL STORES

LONDON (FNS) -- Safeway, the United Kingdom's third-largest food retailer, plans to close 17 of its smallest stores, which could eliminate more than 1,000 jobs.The stores are throughout the United Kingdom, and all were opened in the 1960s and 1970s, a spokeswoman said. They average 14,000 square feet, compared with Safeway's newest stores, which average 25,000 to 30,000 square feet.Safeway declined

LONDON (FNS) -- Safeway, the United Kingdom's third-largest food retailer, plans to close 17 of its smallest stores, which could eliminate more than 1,000 jobs.

The stores are throughout the United Kingdom, and all were opened in the 1960s and 1970s, a spokeswoman said. They average 14,000 square feet, compared with Safeway's newest stores, which average 25,000 to 30,000 square feet.

Safeway declined to reveal the cost of the closures.

"While we are now closing 17 ol

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