"I like what Tom Thumb has done with the remodeling, and now it's my main store," said one Texas grocery shopper. Safeway Inc. is converting its Texas-based Tom Thumb and Randall stores to the company's "Lifestyle" format. The Dallas area is considered hypercompetitive for grocery chains, but Safeway officials say their newly renovated stores are designed to compete against both upscale and bargain chains.

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