Safeway is still in the market to buy sites and do deals despite uncertainty over its future says regional development controller Bruce Lindsay.
Expenditure has been approved for six extensions and five new stores in Scotland in 2003 to add to its Scottish portfolio of 115 stores, said Lindsay.
Safeway is also in negotiations for c-stores in Scotland and in the rest of the UK.
Lindsay said two small stores which opened in Glasgow and Edinburgh in February were "extremely successful".
He said: "As we have said before, it is business as usual."

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