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    Supermarket Chain Adds Fuel

    Smith's Food and Drug in Montana to offer fuel discounts with grocery sales.

    HELENA, Mont. -- Smith's Food and Drug, an operating unit of Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., started work this week on its first gas station in Montana. The company currently operates 25 gas stations in seven states.

    The grocery company is building the station on a lot next to its Kalispell, Mont., store. "We anticipate it being open by Labor Day," Smith's spokeswoman Marsha Gilford told the Daily (Mont.) Inter Lake. "It will have a small kiosk, pay-at-the-pump and a 5-cent-per-gallon discount with grocery purchases of $25 or more."

    The supplier hasn't been determined yet, Gilford said, but the product will be branded as Smith's gasoline.
    Smith's is the second grocery in the area to offer gasoline. Albertson's added a fuel center in November 2000.

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