TAMPA, Fla. — The Kash n’ Karry banner disappeared from the Florida marketplace Wednesday, more than 45 years after it first appeared. The final Kash n’ Karry store, in Crystal River, Fla., was converted to the Sweetbay name, marking the end of a three-year transformation of nearly 100 former Kash n’ Karry sites. “Kash n’ Karry at one time was a strong brand and served as a pillar for the Tampa Bay community,” Shelley Broader, president and chief executive officer of Sweetbay here, said in a statement. “We wanted to treat Kash n’ Karry with respect and retire the company gracefully, and I’m very proud that we have.” The retailer, founded as a wagon selling fruits and vegetables by Italian immigrant Salvatore Greco in 1914, took on the Kash n’ Karry name in 1962. Belgium-based Delhaize Group purchased the chain in 2001 and created the Sweetbay brand to reinvigorate the chain in core markets.
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