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Grainger plans major expansion

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Chicago--W.W. Grainger Thursday announced a multiyear expansion program designed to increase its market presence in the U.S.

The program will begin in Atlanta, Denver and Seattle with larger branches and additional employees.

Grainger said it has plans to add three new branches, relocate or expand seven branches, and close two branches.

The company said it also plans to add or expand branches in 12 secondary markets. "Based on the results of recent pilots, which tested elements of this program, we expect that this strategy should drive annual sales growth in the initial markets by 10 to 15 percent per year through our planning horizon," Grainger Chairman-CEO Richard L. Keyser said in a statement.

--Sean Callahan

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