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Tesco said yesterday that it has identified 17 locations in the Sacramento, California, market where it will open its Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market format, beginning in 2009.

The company also said that this would be just the first wave of stores opened in the area, though it declined to say what the eventual number is likely to be.

There currently are a total of 55 Fresh & Easy stores operating in California, Arizona and Nevada.

KC's View:
Doesn’t sound like a company about to turn tail and head for the hills.