UNITED KINGDOM'S SAFEWAY TO GO FROM SUPER TO HYPER

HAYES, England [FNS] -- Safeway plc here is going after Wal-Mart.The U.K.'s fourth-largest food retailer has revealed a $294 million plan to remodel and enlarge its 70 biggest stores to turn them into hypermarkets selling everything from food to home furnishings.A Safeway spokeswoman said no timeframe has been set for the remodelings but they are expected to begin late next year after planning permission

HAYES, England [FNS] -- Safeway plc here is going after Wal-Mart.

The U.K.'s fourth-largest food retailer has revealed a $294 million plan to remodel and enlarge its 70 biggest stores to turn them into hypermarkets selling everything from food to home furnishings.

A Safeway spokeswoman said no timeframe has been set for the remodelings but they are expected to begin late next year after planning permission is received.

"The idea is to increase the space available

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