ASSOCIATED'S NEW CEO PUSHING CENTRALIZATION

SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores' new president and chief executive officer, Richard Parkinson, is pressing ahead with the cooperative's plan to centralize administrative processes and information systems across its five divisions. "We are certainly aiming for a one-company concept encompassing all divisions," Parkinson told the annual meeting here. However, Parkinson, who succeeded the recently

SALT LAKE CITY -- Associated Food Stores' new president and chief executive officer, Richard Parkinson, is pressing ahead with the cooperative's plan to centralize administrative processes and information systems across its five divisions. "We are certainly aiming for a one-company concept encompassing all divisions," Parkinson told the annual meeting here. However, Parkinson, who succeeded the recently retired Gil Warner in the president and CEO roles, emphasized that centralization won't re

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