HANNAFORD'S SOUTHERN PUSH

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. here has weathered both a storm of new competitors in its market and a soft New England economy over the past several years.Now the chain wants to test its mettle in a new market: the rapidly growing Interstate-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond, Va., the market it entered on the wings of July's acquisition of Wilson's Supermarkets, Wilmington,

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. here has weathered both a storm of new competitors in its market and a soft New England economy over the past several years.

Now the chain wants to test its mettle in a new market: the rapidly growing Interstate-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond, Va., the market it entered on the wings of July's acquisition of Wilson's Supermarkets, Wilmington, N.C.

But growing in the Southeast won't be all that easy.

That's becau

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