SMART & FINAL REGROUPS FOOD-SERVICE OPERATIONS

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here was seeing significant improvements in its food-service operations in Florida and Northern California until Sept. 11, "but the problems resulting from that event probably set us back a year," Ross Roeder, chairman and chief executive officer, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting here last week.He said financial performance at both units "improved dramatically"

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here was seeing significant improvements in its food-service operations in Florida and Northern California until Sept. 11, "but the problems resulting from that event probably set us back a year," Ross Roeder, chairman and chief executive officer, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting here last week.

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