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Business First of Columbus reports that Kroger Co.'s successful testing of Fresh Fare, a higher-end supermarket with greater emphasis on prepared and gourmet foods, as well as expanded perishables, has been expanded from Southern California to a pair of Michigan communities, with three more scheduled to open soon in Michigan. In addition, the format could find its way to Central Ohio by late 2004, according to the paper.

"We believe our customers will want it. It will be appealing in those communities (where residents) have a little higher disposable income," Leonard Terranova, zone manager for the Fresh Fare stores, told the paper.
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