WILD OATS EARNS HIGH SALES AT LONG BEACH PROTOTYPE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets here said last week that sales at the new prototype store it introduced April 2002 in Long Beach, Calif., continues to exceed expectations.The company said the 26,000-square-foot store has sales per square feet of $540, about $100 more than the chain's national average, even though it carries about 50% fewer stockkeeping units.Last month, Wild Oats opened

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets here said last week that sales at the new prototype store it introduced April 2002 in Long Beach, Calif., continues to exceed expectations.

The company said the 26,000-square-foot store has sales per square feet of $540, about $100 more than the chain's national average, even though it carries about 50% fewer stockkeeping units.

Last month, Wild Oats opened two more stores following the new prototype in Portland, Ore., and Louisvill

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