Retailing: Thick on the Best, To Hell with the Rest

For San Francisco baseball fans, the 81-acre field near Nob Hill is best known as the longtime home of the Pacific Coast League's Seals, whose stadium was torn down after the team moved away in 1958. But last week workmen were preparing the old grounds for a new and different pitch. And by next spring, bargain hunters instead of ball fans should be swarming into a $9,000,000 shopping complex belonging to one of the nation's largest yet least-known retailers—Manhattan-based Interstate Department Stores.

Offering everything from garden tools to groceries to girdles at...

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