SMART & FINAL PLANS SMALLER STORES IN SOME MARKETS

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week it plans to open smaller stores with a faster break-even point in some non-core markets.The company also said it will concentrate most of its short-term expansion in California, where it operates most of its stores.In a discussion with industry analysts to review financial results for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Oct. 3, Etienne Snollaerts,

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week it plans to open smaller stores with a faster break-even point in some non-core markets.

The company also said it will concentrate most of its short-term expansion in California, where it operates most of its stores.

In a discussion with industry analysts to review financial results for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Oct. 3, Etienne Snollaerts, president and chief executive officer, said Smart & Final has looked at

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