Key development: Returned as a major industry player with purchase of 40% of Pathmark Stores.

What's next: Reviving Pathmark's performance and consolidating in the Northeast.

Burkle's back. Ron Burkle, who nearly singlehandedly consolidated the supermarket business in the western U.S., may be ready to do the same in the Northeast, using Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J., as the fulcrum.

Burkle resurfaced on the industry's radar screen in March

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