Fresh & Easy Expands to Central California

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets opened its first two stores yesterday in Bakersfield, Calif., located about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets opened its first two stores yesterday in Bakersfield, Calif., located about 150 miles north of Los Angeles. The two stores — and the seven scheduled to follow in the area — are the chain’s northernmost sites in California, although the company said last month it was delaying plans for a full-scale move into the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento in Northern California because of the weak economy.

The Bakersfield stor

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