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    Beaverton Pumping Up?

    Fred Meyer store looks to be first grocer to offer gas in the Oregon city.

    BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A Fred Meyer supermarket has applied to become the first grocery store in Beaverton that offers discount gas alongside half-price pork chops and deals on detergent, underscoring the continued expansion of gasoline offered by hypermarkets.

    According to The Oregonian, the grocery chain, which operates 132 stores across the Northwest and Alaska, including 21 with FM Fuel Stop stations, is among the first in Washington County to add gas pumps and diesel. The grocery already operates eight sites with gasoline in Oregon.

    Major grocery chains Albertsons and Safeway already have added gas pumps in recent years to about two-dozen of their stores in the state. "Those are all additional services beyond the basic grocery service that are designed to enhance the stores and help our time-starved customers," said Albertson Inc.'s spokeswoman Jeannette Duwe told the newspaper.

    Fred Meyer, which is owned by The Kroger Co., offers Stop & Save cards, which awards a 3-cent per-gallon savings at FM Fuel Shops.

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