COMMITTED TO RETAIL

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores is very serious about retailing."We're not looking at retail as a way to support our distribution business -- we're looking at how we can be successful as a retailer," James Meyer, president and chief executive officer, told SN.In just two years, Spartan has transformed its business from a member-owned cooperative with no retail involvement to a public company

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores is very serious about retailing.

"We're not looking at retail as a way to support our distribution business -- we're looking at how we can be successful as a retailer," James Meyer, president and chief executive officer, told SN.

In just two years, Spartan has transformed its business from a member-owned cooperative with no retail involvement to a public company doing almost 40% of its volume in corporate retail -- and Meyer said he i

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