SMITTY'S EXPANDING FOOD SIDE

PHOENIX -- Smitty's Super Valu here is gearing for further expansion and is refashioning the food direction of its stores.The chain is increasing its food-to-nonfood ratio and is planning for a program that will eventually lead to entering new markets.The burst of remodeling activity and charting of expansion plans are the result of the purchase of Smitty's last July by Yucaipa Cos., a Los Angeles-based

PHOENIX -- Smitty's Super Valu here is gearing for further expansion and is refashioning the food direction of its stores.

The chain is increasing its food-to-nonfood ratio and is planning for a program that will eventually lead to entering new markets.

The burst of remodeling activity and charting of expansion plans are the result of the purchase of Smitty's last July by Yucaipa Cos., a Los Angeles-based investment group that has committed $20 million to Smitty's for capital

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