THRIFTY TO BUY CONSUMERS CHOICE

BURLINGTON, Wash. -- Thrifty Foods here has agreed to purchase Consumers Choice, Bellingham, Wash., for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which is expected to be completed Oct. 1, would boost Thrifty to 24 stores with annual sales of more than $300 million.McCown De Leeuw & Co., a private venture-banking firm based in Menlo Park, Calif., acquired Thrifty Foods in a leveraged buyout in March. Thrifty

BURLINGTON, Wash. -- Thrifty Foods here has agreed to purchase Consumers Choice, Bellingham, Wash., for an undisclosed sum.

> The acquisition, which is expected to be completed Oct. 1, would boost Thrifty to 24 stores with annual sales of more than $300 million.

McCown De Leeuw & Co., a private venture-banking firm based in Menlo Park, Calif., acquired Thrifty Foods in a leveraged buyout in March. Thrifty operated 12 stores at the time.

Thrifty purchased two sto

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