BEARING UP

MODESTO, Calif. -- Save Mart Supermarkets here isn't going to try to outrun the bear.The bear is Wal-Mart, which is poised to enter California with supercenters for the first time over the next four to six years.But Bob Piccinini, chairman and chief executive officer of Save Mart, said he's less concerned with escaping the clutches of Wal-Mart and more concerned with differentiating his company from

MODESTO, Calif. -- Save Mart Supermarkets here isn't going to try to outrun the bear.

The bear is Wal-Mart, which is poised to enter California with supercenters for the first time over the next four to six years.

But Bob Piccinini, chairman and chief executive officer of Save Mart, said he's less concerned with escaping the clutches of Wal-Mart and more concerned with differentiating his company from the other supermarket retailers in the central and northern California

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