FLEMING TO RETAILERS: NO MORE FREE LUNCH

SAN ANTONIO -- Fleming Cos. will no longer routinely subsidize retailers who fail to invest in their own technology plans and store expansion initiatives, said Gerald Austin, executive vice president of operations."We don't intend to finance nongrowth partners just to save sales volume," Austin said at the National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association Retail Development and Engineering Conference

SAN ANTONIO -- Fleming Cos. will no longer routinely subsidize retailers who fail to invest in their own technology plans and store expansion initiatives, said Gerald Austin, executive vice president of operations.

"We don't intend to finance nongrowth partners just to save sales volume," Austin said at the National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association Retail Development and Engineering Conference here last week. "Volume was the almighty god. But if a retailer does not have a 'new

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